To make houses more energy-efficient, the Scottish government is asked to double its spending. Scottish Citizens Advice (CAS) needs carbon emissions from Scottish households to be cut and said it will be the crucial step in meeting net-zero emission climate change goals by 2045.
Community association reports that 13% of Scotland’s greenhouse dioxide come from the homes of the population.
By increasing the energy efficiency of all households in Scotland to a minimal C – with or above all social housing – by 2040, the Scottish Government is seeking to minimize that number.
Dr Jamie Stewart, CAS markets spokesperson, stated: “The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people each year. We support bold targets on climate change but we want to ensure the cost of meeting those targets doesn’t fall on those least able to pay.
“That’s why increasing the funding for energy efficiency will help make Scotland’s homes easier to heat and reduce emissions at the same time – it’s win-win.”
The charitable organization also calls on the Scottish Government to raise its energy efficiency initiative spending to at least £ 256 million per year, double the current budget of £ 119 million per year.
CAS reports that only 0.3% of Scottish public sector spending would still be made available.
Mr Stewart added: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland program as it offers a long-term commitment to address a systemic problem over the next 20 years.”
“But despite energy efficiency being designated as a National Infrastructure Priority four years ago, the amount of central funding available has remained the same.”
“Improving energy efficiency of our homes is key to Scotland becoming net-zero, but it is vital that the public – and specifically those who are fuel poor – aren’t hit the hardest by the drives to meet climate targets.”
“Doubling the budget for Energy Efficient Scotland will not only make increased financial support available for those who need it but should be used to raise awareness of schemes and incentives.”
“It should also be used to jump-start the momentum within the social and private rented sectors and strengthen consumer protection and enforcement of traders installing energy efficiency measures.”