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Energy Efficient Routemap for Scotland Launched

The Scottish Government has announced a new £54.5million strategy to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings by 2040. It’s intended the Energy Efficient Routemap will tackle the problems of fuel poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Routemap’s goal is to have all Scottish homes achieve an Energy Proficiency Certificate ( EPC band C or above by 2040, set new energy efficiency targets for new and existing homes in the private sector, the private rented sector, and the social rented sector. Non-domestic buildings will be covered by a range of additional standards by 2040, without, for now, specific energy rating targets.

The First Minister launched the Routemap, which will also support local authorities to expand their fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes, at the All Energy conference in Glasgow. She said: “The Scottish Government’s energy efficiency programme will help ensure all our buildings are warmer, greener and more energy efficient.

“The major investment in this programme highlights our clear commitment to ensuring that we tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – helping those on low incomes as well as protecting our environment.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, commented, “Zero Waste Scotland has played an important role in getting business to embrace the benefits of energy efficiency, and we’ve helped save more than 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions through the Resource Efficient Scotland programme since 2014.  The announcements today, which reinforce Scotland’s ambition on energy efficiency with clear regulatory standards, sends a long-term signal that investment in energy efficiency makes good business sense.  We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and other partners to transform how we use energy here in Scotland.”

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