Energy efficiency targets could be brought forward

Energy efficiency targets for homes in Scotland could be brought forward by ten years.

A minister has suggested that the timing for “ambitious” targets on energy efficiency could be moved from 2040 to 2030, after a new consultation on the timetable was launched.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart said: “We are committed to delivering energy efficient improvements to properties across Scotland.

“This year will see £145 million invested in its ongoing delivery.

“Our aims are ambitious and credible and we have a clear action plan to ensure they are also achievable. If we can move faster in our plans, we will.

“This consultation explores alternative dates for long term domestic energy efficiency targets, and the implications or opportunities for accelerating target dates from 2040 to 2030.”

The consultation sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to legislating on energy efficiency and is inviting views on regulations in the private rented sector.

Mr Stewart added: “This consultation exercise seeks vital evidence from partner organisations and the general public to inform future policy development.

“We can make our homes warmer and greener but without risking increased cost to the public purse or owners.

“The consultation also sets out our approach to legislating for Energy Efficiency Scotland regulation of the heat network sector to support the deployment of this key low carbon heat technology.

“There are a variety of energy efficiency issues raised in this consultation and we encourage as many people as possible to be part of this continued conversation.”