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Coming regulations will insist that all new homes in Scotland must use renewable or low carbon heating from 2024.
The Scottish Government’s legislative push for a big uptake in low carbon energy is set to run alongside a £30 million investment in renewable heat projects.
The regime is additionally looking into energy standards which are included in building regulations which it says will improve the efficiency of new buildings, and will include measures that will support the move to low carbon and renewable heat.
Renewable and low carbon heating systems will also be phased in for non-domestic buildings given consent to build from 2024.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “We are facing a global climate emergency and for our part, the Scottish Government is doing all we can to tackle climate change.
“That is why we are supporting homeowners to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. Social landlords are already making excellent progress towards their energy efficiency target and with this standard, we will help homeowners to do the same.
“By the end of 2021, we will have allocated more than £1 billion since 2009 to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat.”
Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “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. 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.”