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 2017-2018, Nicola Sturgeon stated that there would be a Warm Homes Bill this session. SEEP will officially launch in May 2018, with a SEEP Routemap to set out long term ambition.
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.
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.
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.