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.
- helping householders make energy-saving home improvements
- monitoring energy efficiency in social housing
- consulting on minimum standards for energy efficiency in private rented housing, informed by the work of the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector houses (REEPs) Working Group. The consultation on energy efficiency in private rented housing closed on 30 June 2017. We are considering the responses, and will confirm the minimum standards for the private rented sector alongside the wider ambitions of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme as part of the launch of the its routemap in May 2018. This will include the proposed timescale for introducing minimum standards, as well as setting out wider elements of the programme
- planning to consult on the role of incentives and standards to help improve owner-occupied homes from winter 2017 to 2018
- developing Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme which will launch in 2018 and support all buildings to achieve a good energy efficiency rating over the next 15 to 20 years
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 recently consulted on a new draft fuel poverty strategy, which closed on 1 February 2018. In particular, the consultation asked 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 19 consultation events (see table below) were held across Scotland during November and December 2017 and January 2018, organised with the support of Energy Action Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust:
|9 November||Crieff||Energy Action Scotland – Annual Conference|
|4 December||Edinburgh||Open event|
|6 December||Inverness||Open event|
|8 December||Edinburgh||Energy Action Scotland – Energy Advice Forum|
|11 December||Glasgow||Open event|
|12 December||Aberdeen||Open event|
|13 December||Glasgow||Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum|
|14 December||Shetland||Requested by stakeholders, teleconference|
|19 December||Edinburgh||Open event|
|20 December||Orkney||Requested by stakeholders, teleconference|
|11 January||Highlands||Highland Council – Poverty & Inequalities Group, teleconference|
|12 January||Edinburgh||Open event|
|15 January||Glasgow||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|22 January||Galashiels||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, open event, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|22 January||Galashiels||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Ability Borders, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|23 January||Hawick||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Reaching Out Hawick – Congregational Community Church, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|25 January||Aberdeen||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, organised with local community council, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|26 January||Fife (Methil / Leven)||Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, CEMVO Climate Challenge Fund Ethnic Minority Network event, on behalf of Scottish Government|
|26 January||Western Isles||Requested by stakeholders, teleconference|
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.
Telephone: 0131 244 5528
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Atlantic Quay 150 Broomielaw
Glasgow G2 8LU