Scottish funding should tackle fuel poverty and reduce emisions

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, announced a 54.5 million GBP funding (approximately 61 million euro) to help tackle ‘fuel poverty’ and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding supports the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland, which outlines action to ensure that by 2040 all homes achieve an EPC rating of at least Band C.

Under the Route Map, landlords of privately rented homes will have to achieve an EPC rating of E from April 2020 at change of tenancy, and Band D from 2022. All privately rented properties will need to be EPC Band E by end March 2022 and Band D by end March 2025. This schedule should ensure warmer and more affordable heating for private tenants. The 54.5 million BP funding will support local efficiency and fuel poverty programmes, support building owners to develop heat and energy efficiency strategies, and help social landlords to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps.
“The Scottish Government’s energy efficiency programme will help ensure all our buildings are warmer, greener and more energy efficient”, Nicola Sturgeon says. “The major investment in this programme highlights our clear commitment to ensuring that we tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – helping those on low incomes as well as protecting our environment.”

More information can be found at the website of the Scottish government

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