Scotland to invest £450,000 in local energy efficiency strategy

The Scottish Government has pledged £450,000 to help local authorities improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heat in homes across the country.

Local authorities can apply for funding to pilot Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies which aim to identify local solutions to reduce emissions from buildings and tackle fuel poverty.

The funding is available to the nine local authorities who have not yet piloted strategies, including Angus Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse explains how Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon acknowledged the existence of a global climate emergency.

“The Programme for Government set out the next steps we will take to tackle climate change,” he said.

“Communities and local authorities are vital in helping us achieve our ambitious target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. These strategies will give local authorities and communities a real stake in planning how to reduce emissions from how we heat our homes and buildings.

“The Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies, which have already been piloted by some local authorities, respond directly to the Committee on Climate Change recommendations and will empower communities to play an active role in reducing emissions.”

The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland recently called for Scotland’s current annual budget for improving the energy efficiency of homes must be doubled from £119 million to at least £240 million if it is to meet its new zero carbon target by 2045.

Lori McElroy, chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland states that the Scottish Government has acknowledged that there is a global climate emergency and knows that “continuing ‘business as usual’ is not up to the task.”

“Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is essential to meeting targets but will also transform people’s lives,” she said after the release of the Alliance’s report.

“Good quality, energy efficient homes are good for people’s health and well- being so in the long run they save money for the NHS. A ramp up in energy efficiency work will also create skilled jobs and support the economy across the whole country.”

 “With the Scottish Government’s commitment to net zero by 2045, and ambition to end fuel poverty, there is no time for delay. The proposals for creating highly energy efficient and low carbon homes are ready to go.

“Now the Scottish Government needs to boost investment in the next Scottish Budget to match the scale of ambition.  This will require a huge ramp-up in support for householders and landlords to help them improve the energy efficiency and heating of their homes.”

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