Action Plans and Strategies

The following plans and strategies underpin the approach by the Scottish Government to tackling fuel poverty and improving the energy efficiency of homes.

In the Programme for Government 2016-2017, the Scottish Government announced that it would develop a new energy strategy this winter. Nicola Sturgeon also stated that there would be a Warm Homes Bill later in the Parliamentary session.

Heat Policy Statement and National Infrastructure Priority

The Heat Policy Statement was published by the Scottish Government in June 2015. It sets out the Scottish Government's framework for a resilient heat system which will lead to affordable low carbon heat for households. A key initiative emerging from this document is the designation of energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority. The cornerstone of this will be Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), a 15 to 20 year programme which will offer support to all domestic and non-domestic buildings in Scotland to improve their energy efficiency ratings. The new programme will be launched in 2018 and will be supported by over £500 million of public funding over four years.


As the first step in preparing for the launch of SEEP in 2018, the Scottish Government invited local authorities and their partners to submit proposals for the piloting of new approaches, for delivery by 31 December 2017, of energy efficiency measures in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. These pilot projects will help the development of SEEP, contribute to the design of future programmes aimed at tackling fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and inform how future SEEP funding is best deployed to achieve Ministerial objectives. The Scottish Government announced a second phase of SEEP pilots in February 2017, with funding of £11 million.

Sustainable Housing Strategy

Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy (2013) sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes and a housing sector that helps to establish a successful low carbon economy across Scotland.

The strategy also sets out the investment and programmes which the Scottish Government intends will help it meet the targets for fuel poverty and emission reductions that have been set.  For more information, visit: Sustainable Housing on the Scottish Government website.

Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027 is the Scottish Government’s second report on proposals and policies (RPP2) for meeting its climate change targets. It set out how Scotland can deliver its statutory annual targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2013–2027 set through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The Scottish Government’s third report on proposals and policies (RPP3) was published in draft form in January 2017 and is open for consultation.

Its milestones (under Homes and Communities) for 2020 include:

  • every home to have loft and cavity wall insulation, where this is cost-effective and technically feasible, plus simple measures such as draught-proofing and pipe lagging;
  • every home heated with gas central heating to have a highly efficient boiler with appropriate controls; and
  • at least 100,000 homes to have adopted some form of individual or community renewable heat technology for space and/or water heating.