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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 20:26

Scotland commits to renewable or low carbon heating in new homes

New regulations are being developed to ensure all new homes use renewable or low-carbon heating from 2024.

The Scottish government/Riaghaltas na h-Alba is developing new regulations to ensure all new homes use renewable or low-carbon heating from 2024.

This move to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions for new-build homes will run alongside a £30m investment in renewable heat projects.

As reported by 24housing, Scotland faces a running £11bn bill to cut home carbon emissions by 2040 – with the Scottish government urged to increase its contribution.

Alongside the new regulations, renewable and low-carbon heating systems will also be phased in for non-domestic buildings given consent to build from 2024 as part of a number of Scottish government initiatives to help tackle the climate emergency.

“Scotland is internationally recognised for its leadership on tackling climate change and for responding to the global climate emergency by setting an ambitious target to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2045,” said Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

“We have also set a challenging interim target of achieving a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the pace of decarbonising Scotland’s domestic and non-domestic buildings has to increase significantly to achieve those aims, and emissions from our buildings will have to fall close to zero.

“We will ensure that new homes and buildings across Scotland meet the challenge of the climate emergency, combining the action we need to take on climate change with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes,” he said.

The Scottish government is also reviewing the energy standards included in building regulations toward improving the energy efficiency of new buildings and including measures in support of the move to low carbon and renewable heat.

Currently, 13% of Scotland’s carbon emissions come from homes.

To cut that the Scottish government’s target is to raise the energy performance of all homes in Scotland to at least a C rating (B rating for all social housing) by 2040.

Research released last week by Citizen’s Advice Scotland suggested that the combined total investment required by the Scottish government, homeowners, and private landlords is likely to be at least £11bn over the next 20 years – or £555m per year.

CAS says the Scottish government’s contribution toward this cost should be at least £256m per year, a doubling of its current £119m-a year budget, while still only amounting to 0.3% of Scottish public-sector expenditure.

Source: 24Housing