Heat in Buildings Strategy – achieving net zero emissions in Scotland’s buildings

October 28, 2021

Sets out the vision for the future of heat in buildings, and the actions being taken in the buildings sector to deliver climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

Ministerial Foreword

Reducing emissions from our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can do to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. Over the next 24 years Scotland’s homes and workplaces must transform, so they are warmer, greener and more efficient. This Heat in Buildings Strategy, which updates both the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and the Heat Policy Statement, sets out how we will achieve that ambition.

Our homes and workplaces account for around a fifth of Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We can and must make very significant progress towards eliminating these emissions over the next decade and reduce them to zero by 2045. Transforming our homes and workplaces will be immensely challenging, requiring action from all of us, right across society and the economy.

I was pleased the draft of this strategy received so many supportive responses, and that a broad range of stakeholders welcomed the scale and pace of the ambition laid out in the draft. This final strategy reflects much of the insight generated through the consultation. We know that, as we progress through the heat transition, there will be more issues to resolve. We will continue to build on the new ideas proposed by consultation respondents as we work our way through this important and unprecedented challenge.

This Strategy sets out the significant actions we are taking, but we do not have all the powers necessary to deliver the transformational change required. The delayed UK Heat and Buildings Strategy must set out how the UK will use its regulatory and policy levers to incentivise rapid deployment of zero emissions heat technologies. We urgently need a stronger commitment and clear action plan on heat from the UK Government. Recent volatility in global natural gas markets further underscores the urgency of UK Government action in reserved policy areas to maintain security of energy supplies and to support consumers.

Click here to read the strategy in full.

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