Housing and Social Justice
The journey: our energy efficient route map
9 AM, Glasgow
It’s 2 May, the morning of the All-Energy conference in Glasgow. The hall is buzzing with excitement as the First Minister steps up to address the crowd of over 6,000. The big announcement is the launch of the Scottish Government’s Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland. It outlines Scotland’s ambitious and long-term plans for making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient by 2040. The programme will do this by bringing all homes and buildings up to a good Energy Performance Certificate band with as many homes as possible reaching EPC band C by 2030.
Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings is not only about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting our Climate Change Plan targets. It is also about ensuring everyone in Scotland can afford to heat their home comfortably. Being warm and comfortable at home is essential to our health and well-being. Many of our buildings are inefficient and hard to heat, which increases energy bills. This can be a challenge for many households. It can lead to fuel poverty, put pressure on household finances, and can have adverse effects on health. Energy Efficient Scotland aims to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver for fuel poverty.
The Route Map launch, welcomed both by fuel poverty charities and housing associations, is an unusual piece of policy in two ways. First, it contains long-term targets. Second, it is a policy that is directly relevant to everyone in Scotland.
Changing the way we think of and use energy at home requires a fundamental shift in mind-set and the Route Map will help reshape the way we live in and see our homes, workplaces and public buildings.
As part of the launch, the First Minister announced an investment of £54 million into improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. And this policy can help shape Scotland’s economy through increased demand for energy efficiency improvements. Energy Efficient Scotland has the potential to create a substantial Scottish market and supply chain for energy efficiency services and technologies – it is estimated that every £100 million spent on energy efficiency improvements helps create 1,200 full-time equivalent jobs.
To build on and improve Energy Efficient Scotland, we’ve published two consultations – one on Energy Efficient Scotland and one on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing. We’d love to hear your opinions on these and we encourage you to submit your responses to the consultations and attend our consultation events. To find out how the Route Map affects you, we’ve compiled easy-to-read guides.
We will continue working on eradicating fuel poverty and making Scotland a world leader in low carbon innovation and energy efficiency.
Written by: Antonia Georgieva, Policy Development Assistant, Scottish Government