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Last edited 07 Sep 2021
Scotland publishes plans to reach net zero targets with Heat in Buildings Strategy
Plans to ensure all buildings in Scotland are warmer, more efficient and reach zero emissions by 2045 were published in February 2021 as the Draft Heat in Buildings Strategy: Achieving Net Zero Emissions in Scotland’s Buildings.
The draft strategy sets out the vision to adapt more than one million homes and an estimated 50,000 non-domestic buildings to use low and zero emissions heating systems by 2030 – in line with Scotland’s Climate Change Plan (updated in December 2020) - to help meet emissions reduction targets for this date.
The strategy presents the actions and further proposals that the Scottish Government will undertake to implement the transformation and will provide thousands of jobs across the sector and wider supply chain. It also includes plans for engaging people and businesses to shape the transformation and proposals for a new regulatory framework. These regulations would require the majority of property owners to take action over time to install energy efficiency measures and zero emission heating systems.
The strategy also outlines the actions needed from the UK Government to enable faster deployment of zero emissions heating in Scotland. These measures could include early involvement in decisions on the future of the gas network and increased funding for UK-wide delivery schemes.
 Scottish Government support
The Scottish Government is committed to investing £1.6 billion until 2026 to help transform the heating and energy efficiency performance of Scotland’s buildings. The investment, outlined in the current programme for Government, is expected to support up to 5,000 jobs a year by 2025-26, with further growth beyond that date.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions arising from heating our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can do to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change, given that heating accounts for more than half the energy we consume as a society.
“We are therefore committed to rapidly scaling-up action on decarbonising heating, but doing so in a way that ensures that our fuel poverty objectives and our commitment to tackling climate change work together, ensuring a fair and just transition to net zero emissions. This strategy must play a part in helping everyone to have a warm home that supports their good health and wellbeing."
 Supporting publications
Alongside the draft heat in buildings strategy, the Scottish Government published a call for evidence to support the development of the future Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP). The call for evidence seeks input on a range of support mechanisms for the development and delivery of large-scale low and zero carbon heat that will be offered from September 2021.
In addition, a consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes was been published. These requirements, which form part of Scotland’s Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan, will help professionalise the sector and provide career pathways for young people.
The Scottish Government has also published the analysis of responses to the improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes consultation.
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- Scottish Government, Energy Efficient Scotland - improving energy efficiency in owner-occupied homes: consultation analysis.
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