The Existing Homes Alliance consultation response makes the case that given the climate emergency and commitment to emission reduction targets of 70% by 2030, 90% by 2040 and net zero by 2045, the pace of delivery for Energy Efficient Scotland must be accelerated. We provide an alternative credible pathway to achieve EPC band C or above by 2030 for most properties. The key elements are:
- Statutory underpinning for Energy Efficient Scotland, including statutory targets of all homes (where technically feasible) are EPC band C by 2030 and zero carbon by 2045 (aligning with Scotland-wide targets for carbon neutral by 2040 and net-zero carbon by 2045).
- The route map should be based on two approaches: 1) deep retrofit where appropriate and feasible, helping to build demand and the supply chain; 2) an incremental approach setting out stages to achieve zero carbon over a longer time period, tailored to individual buildings (e.g. Building Passport).
- Government fuel poverty and area-based schemes should fund energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures and not fund fossil-fuel heating as a rule.
- High fossil fuel boilers (coal, oil and LPG) in off gas rural areas should be phased out from existing buildings from 2025 with appropriate financial support and advice on how to use effectively.
- Mandatory standards should be introduced for the owner-occupied sector, alongside an engagement campaign, advice, financial support and consumer protection. The regulatory requirements and support must be linked to affordability for the householder
- Grants and financial incentives should be provided to ensure a just transition to low carbon heat is guaranteed for everyone.
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