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Heating and cooling our homes and businesses costs £2.6 billion a year and accounts for approximately half of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.

Challenging weather, poor energy efficiency in the home and reduced heating options (especially in rural areas) can make fuel bills unaffordable, resulting in fuel poverty.

Energy efficiency has been designated a national priority. It is key to meeting our ambitious climate change targets and to tackling fuel poverty.


We are:

In response to recommendations put forward by the Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, which both reported in October 2016, we are consulting on a new draft fuel poverty strategy. In particular, the consultation asks for views on:

  • a new definition of fuel poverty and indicators and sub-targets, to help inform a Warm Homes Bill to be introduced in 2018 and development of a new framework for tackling fuel poverty in Scotland;
  • proposals for the formation of a new Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Partnership Forum to replace the existing Fuel Poverty Forum, to support us in monitoring progress against new fuel poverty sub-targets and milestones outlined in the consultation.
  • A series of consultation events (see table below) are being held across Scotland during December 2017. If you are interested in attending, contact
Date Location Time
Wed 6 December Inverness 11 am – 3.00 pm
Mon 4 December Edinburgh 10:00-13:00
Mon 11 December Glasgow 13:00-16:00
Tuesday 12 December Aberdeen 13:00-16:00
Tues 19 December Edinburgh 09:30-12:30
As required VC to Islands As appropriate


Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy sets out our vision for warm, high quality, low-carbon homes and a route map for how we will achieve it.

It sets out action on three fronts:

  • our Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland
  • the appropriate use of standards and regulation
  • market transformation

The five-year Joint Housing Delivery Plan, published in 2015, identifies priority actions agreed by representatives from across the housing sector. This builds on previous actions set out in Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy.

Relevant statistics:



Telephone: 0131 244 5528

Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Atlantic Quay 150 Broomielaw

Glasgow G2 8LU