Scotland is facing a potential £ 11bn bill to reduce home carbon emissions alone–and one charity claims it will be well spent.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) refers to its own work calling for investment to increase the efficiency of Scottish housing.
The charity says that this move is a “living step” towards meeting the net-zero emissions targets of the Scottish government for climate change by 2045.
“We support bold climate change goals, but we are committed to ensuring that these targets don’t cost those least able to pay the cost,” said CAS Speaker for markets, Dr. Jamie Stewart. “We support the country’s citizens advisory network every year.
Today, 13% of Scotland’s carbon emissions are coming from the homes of people.
The Scottish Government is to reduce its target by 2040, to at least a C score (B level of all social housing) for all households in Scotland.
CAS research predicts that over the next 20 years a total investment of at least £ 11bn, or £ 555 m per year will probably be expected by the Scottish Government, homeowners, and private landlords.
The Scottish government’s Energy Efficient Scotland program is welcomed by CAS in offering long-term commitment to address a systemic problem over the next 20 years.
But despite energy efficiency being designated a National Infrastructure Priority four years ago, CAS sees the amount of central funding available has remained the same.
When certification rates for energy performance range the A (economic) to G (efficient) property, only half of the Scottish housing stock is currently C or higher–and 1,42 million properties are estimated to be D or lower.
CAS considers it important to boost household energy efficiency first of all in the field of decarbonization to lower fuel consumption.
Secondly, low-carbon heating technologies such as heat pumps are being considered as an alternative to traditional gas and oil fuel heating systems.
By 2024 on, the Scottish government has proposed a new legal standard on energy efficiency in the home and is holding a consultation on homeowners ‘ views on how this standard could look and how to enable them to reach it.