Existing Homes Alliance submission to the Just Transition Commission call for evidence:
The transition to warm, low carbon and affordable to heat homes can and should be an exemplar for what a ‘just transition’ looks like. Indeed the Commission’s interim report called energy efficiency a ‘good example of just transition in action’ because it not only helps address climate change and fuel poverty, it supports and creates jobs throughout Scotland, improves health and well-being, and provides greater energy security.
Our vision for a successful transition to net-zero emissions includes warm, healthy, affordable to heat, and net-zero carbon homes and communities throughout Scotland.
These would be highly insulated homes, with appropriate ventilation, and low carbon or renewable heating technologies. Because the homes are so well insulated, heating demand is dramatically reduced and so are running costs. Fossil fuel heating will be phased out starting with off-gas homes and replacing it with low carbon or renewable heating technologies – heat pumps, heat networks, energy storage.
The transition has been carefully planned, involving stakeholders, and engaging with householders and communities to identify the tailored solutions to suit the people, properties, and the opportunities in the area / neighbourhood. In this way, householders, landlords and tenants are supportive of the transition, understand what they need to do, by when, and why, and receive financial and handholding support to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
The transition has been delivered through a highly skilled supply chain, involving SME’s all over Scotland, backed up by a robust quality assurance scheme. The supply chain includes installers, engineers, and manufacturers – who together have sustained and created thousands of jobs. The quality of programme management and delivery on the ground has led to export opportunities, providing further potential for more quality jobs.
Fuel poverty is a thing of the past, and the housing sector as a whole has achieved net-zero emissions by 2045.