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.
The Scottish Government designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority in June 2015 and followed this by inviting local authorities to set up pilot schemes to test new approaches to feed into the development of EES. The Scottish Government published the Energy Efficient Scotland Routemap in May 2018, with the aim of removing energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty. The routemap sets out the vision and actions that will need to take place to meet the 2040 fuel poverty target.
Further consultation on EES in March 2019 took place, looking at whether it was feasible to bring the target dates forward. This consultation paper set out some forthcoming policies expected under EES, such as a Heat Networks Bill, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for the Private Rented Sector, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Owner Occupied Homes and Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies.
This is the Scottish Government’s third report (February 2018) on proposals and policies for meeting its climate change targets. It sets out how Scotland can deliver its statutory annual targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2018 – 2032 set through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. By 2032, the Scottish Government is aiming to reduce emissions in the residential sector by 23%. To achieve this, the aims for buildings are:
- Where technically feasible by 2020, 60% of walls will be insulated and 70% of lofts will have at least 200mm of insulation in the residential sector.
- By 2032, 35% of domestic buildings’ heat will be supplied using low carbon technologies, where technically feasible, and the buildings will be insulated to the maximum appropriate level.
- By 2032, improvements to the building fabric of domestic buildings will result in a 15% reduction in domestic heat demand.
The Energy Strategy (December 2017) sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland. It articulates six energy priorities for a whole-system approach that considers both the use and the supply of energy for heat, power and transport. Consumer engagement and protection is a key priority of the Energy Strategy, as well as improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes.
This Strategy sets two new targets for the Scottish energy system by 2030:
- The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland's heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources.
- An increase by 30% in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy.
The Fairer Scotland Action Plan was launched in 2016 and outlines 50 actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Actions include tackling the poverty premium where low income households often have to pay higher prices for necessities like gas and electricity than better-off families. The Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities has convened summits with energy companies to help low income consumers get a better deal on their fuel bills under this action.