New energy efficiency programme will present big opportunities for contractors

Energy efficiency has been designated a national infrastructure priority by the Scottish Government and through the new Energy Efficient Scotland Programme there will be a concerted effort to encourage people to improve the efficiency of their properties.

Ian Cuthbert, Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Programme Manager from the Energy Saving Trust said that it was estimated that up to £12 billion could be invested over the programme’s lifetime which is likely to result in an increase in demand and opportunities for contractors in Scotland providing energy efficiency and renewable products and services.

What is Energy Efficient Scotland? 

Simply put, it’s the Scottish Government’s flagship programme for:

  • reducing carbon emissions from buildings (which account for around 20% of all emissions in Scotland)
  • eradicating fuel poverty, and
  • growing the Scottish economy in an inclusive way.

The Scottish Government’s vision is for all our homes and buildings to be warmer, greener and more efficient by 2040. They published a Routemap outlining how this will be achieved in May 2018. The Routemap includes the setting of minimum energy efficiency standards for buildings based on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Whilst these standards for social housing have been in place for some time (EPC band D and in some circumstances band C), new standards will be phased in from 2020 covering all buildings; starting with the privately rented sector.

The Scottish Government wants to hear from you

The Scottish Government is seeking suppliers’ views on how potential changes to the programme would impact them – for example if they changed the target date from 2040 to 2030. You can read more about both consultations at – Energy Efficient Scotland consultation

How to have your say

This is an exciting time for energy efficiency and the Energy Saving Trust’s Sustainable Energy Supply Chain team will be working closely with the Scottish Government to get contractors’ views on the Energy Efficient Scotland programme. To assist with this, we’re organising free consultation workshops in Inverness and Stirling on the following dates.

To book a place just click on the link for each.

Book the Inverness workshop 8 May

Book the Stirling workshop 9 May

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