Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world. At the same time, an unacceptable number of people are living in fuel poverty.
Much of the policy debate on housing focuses on new affordable homes, yet they make up only a small fraction of the housing stock. More than 80% of existing homes will still be in use in 2050, which means that ensuring they are warm, low carbon and affordable to heat is critical if we are to meet carbon emissions and fuel poverty targets.
Homes account for around 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland and the best way to reduce these and tackle fuel poverty is by improving the energy efficiency of our homes and installing low carbon heating systems.
Investing in energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways if reducing carbon emissions. It helps to address fuel poverty, improves health and wellbeing and can create thousands of green jobs.
Who needs to be involved?
This is not a job for government alone – all sectors have a role to play in transforming Scotland’s homes:
Trades & Installers
Manufacturers & suppliers
Solicitors & Estate Agents
Our Manifesto for Existing Homes was developed using the combined knowledge and expertise of our members and supporters. It sets out the policies and approaches needed to cut emissions from homes and end fuel poverty.
The Manifesto has three core principles:
- Fairness – costs of energy efficiency and transition to zero carbon should not be borne by those least able to afford it.
- Fabric first – by making homes as energy efficient as possible, we reduce future costs and energy consumption.
- Creating jobs – by investing in energy efficiency and renewable heat we are creating jobs, reducing emissions and improving wellbeing – delivering real value for money.
To meet our fuel poverty and climate change targets and deliver a green recovery we need:
A legislative framework
We need a legislative framework that gives the clarity and certainty needed to attract private investment, support Scotland’s homeowners, landlords and supply chains, whilst ensuring fairness and quality. This should be supported by a statutory strategy and overseen by an independent national body which has responsibility for co-ordinating and driving forward energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation.
A Countdown to 2040 Delivery Plan
We need a Countdown to 2040 Delivery Plan which shows how we will meet targets and includes a package of support and incentives so we can upgrade Scotland’s existing homes without passing the cost on to those who can least afford it.
Investment in innovation
We need to invest in innovation and support local authorities and their partners to trial new approaches to improving energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty and deliver thousands of green jobs.
Read our Manifesto for the Scottish Parliament Elections 2021 here