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S5W-00176: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-28202 by Margaret Burgess on 10 November 2015, whether it will provide an update on what progress it has made in developing the national infrastructure priority approach to energy efficiency.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 June 2016

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, the cornerstone of the national infrastructure priority, is in its development phase and is building on our existing energy efficiency and heat generation programmes. In January 2016 we made available up to £14 million to councils to support pilot projects to test different and more integrated approaches to energy efficiency. As well as supporting programme development these projects will deliver actual energy efficiency improvements to homes and non-domestic premises, helping tackle fuel poverty and reduce emissions. We expect awards to be made later in June 2016.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme will play a central role in reducing energy demand in the built environment. It will form an important component of the Scottish Government’s forthcoming energy strategy, as well as the development of the Third Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP3) which will set out how the climate change annual targets up to 2032 will be met.

We are listening to a wide range of stakeholders as we develop Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, the new energy strategy, and RPP3. An initial stakeholder event took place in December 2015. We have also set up the short life Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force. Both groups will report their findings by end of 2016 and their recommendations will provide important inputs to the programme’s development.