Scottish Government backs energy efficiency and heat pumps with cash
5 November 2019
The Scottish government has announced a £3 million second round of the Decarbonisation Fund to help eleven social landlords to install technology to reduce carbon footprints like underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and solar panels.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said on visiting Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association in Edinburgh:
"A warm, energy efficient home means cheaper energy bills for tenants as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Last year 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6 million on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the Scottish Government's schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.
"This funding will support our work to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty, as well as helping meet our climate change targets.
"Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first Energy Efficiency Standard Social Standard for Housing, reporting that 85% of social rented homes already meet the standard for 2020, with a new standard confirmed for 2032.
The Decarbonisation Fund helps social landlords to comply with the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing 2020, and also to maximising compliance with the standard agreed for 2032.
The Scottish Government has also announced £17.6 million loan funding to support householders in 2019-20 to make their homes more energy efficient.