PUBLIC money spent on greening homes must double in order to meet climate goals, says a charity across the world.
The Scottish Government has committed £ 119 million a year to improve our homes ‘ energy efficiency.
The move is part of overall efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the country and address climate change.
Reducing the current housing stock’s fossil fuel consumption would also help to reduce fuel poverty, it is believed. Yet Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) claims that to make the necessary changes, it will take twice the current public spending.
The climate change goals of the Scottish Government mean that net-zero emissions will be reached by 2045.
Through 2040, the SNP government aims to raise the energy efficiency of all households to at least a C level–with a higher B ranking for all social housing–by as much as 13 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions already coming from people’s homes.
CAS predicts that new research would cost homeowners, tenants and the public sector at least £ 11 billion to do this–£ 550 million annually for two decades.
And it says that Holyrood’s £ 119 m must double. It will take at least £ 256 m a year to hit the target, according to its estimates. That would be 0.3 per cent of the expenditure of the Scottish public sector.
CAS Dr Jamie Stewart (right) said: “We are in favour of ambitious climate change goals, but we want to ensure that the burden of achieving those targets does not fall on those least able to pay. That’s why increasing energy efficiency support would help make it easier for Scotland’s homes to heat up and simultaneously reduce emissions–it’s a win-win.
“We welcome the Energy Efficient Scotland program of the Scottish Government as it offers a long-term commitment over the next twenty years to address a systemic problem. Yet despite four years ago designating energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, the amount of federal funding available remained the same.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is essential for Scotland to become ‘ net zero, ‘ but it is vital that the public, and especially those who are fuel poor, are not hit hardest by the drive to meet climate targets.” The Scottish Government said that its Fuel Poverty Act is “the most ambitious and comprehensive” legislation of its kind in the United Kingdom.