Alliance sets out pathway to zero carbon homes by 2045
The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland has today (5 September) published a report setting out a credible pathway to making all homes in Scotland zero carbon by 2045.
It highlights the need for immediate action and a doubling of investment to improve the energy efficiency and heating of our homes at the pace and scale required to meet the Scottish Government’s new targets on fuel poverty and climate change.
The Alliance welcomed the commitment in the Programme for Government  to accelerate the timetable for improving the energy performance for homes, though expressed disappointment that the details will not be published until December 2019.
As well as a more ambitious timetable for action, the report published by the Alliance calls for a doubling in investment from the current budget of around £119 million per year to at least £240 million per year. The report outlines how this funding would be used to support households of all tenures to: transition to new minimum energy efficiency standards, phase out fossil fuel heating in off-gas areas and support the expansion of low carbon, renewable heating systems.
Lori McElroy, chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland said:
“The Scottish Government has acknowledged that there is a global climate emergency. We welcome the fuel poverty and climate change targets and we know continuing ‘business as usual’ is not up to the task. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is essential to meeting targets but will also transform people’s lives. Good quality, energy efficient homes are good for people’s health and well- being so in the long run they save money for the NHS. A ramp up in energy efficiency work will also create skilled jobs and support the economy across the whole country.”
“With the Scottish Government’s commitment to net zero by 2045, and ambition to end fuel poverty, there is no time for delay. The proposals for creating highly energy efficient and low carbon homes are ready to go. Now the Scottish Government needs to boost investment in the next Scottish Budget to match the scale of ambition. This will require a huge ramp-up in support for householders and landlords to help them improve the energy efficiency and heating of their homes.”
Ashley Campbell, CIH and Existing Homes Alliance member said:
“Without increased investment in energy efficiency, fuel poverty will persist, and the Government will have to continue spending vast sums treating the effects rather than tackling the causes. We can’t leave people languishing in cold, damp homes any longer. The forthcoming Scottish Budget and the revised Energy Efficient Scotland route map are opportunities to show the Government’s commitments are serious.”
Polly Jones, Head of Membership and Policy at Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said:
“We welcome the Scottish Government taking action to address our climate emergency however as set out in the report, the housing sector urgently requires a commitment to provide additional investment in order to deliver on targets around energy efficiency and fuel poverty. Registered social landlords are already delivering the most energy efficient homes in the country through their development activity. However additional funding is essential to allow them to bring existing stock up to meet standards including EESSH2; especially if the programme is to be accelerated”.
Notes to Editors
 The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland is a coalition of 10 founding member organisations and 10 supporters representing housing, environment, anti-poverty, industry and consumer groups arguing for greater investment in Scotland’s housing stock to make it fit for the 21st century. The founding members are: ALACHO, Changeworks, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland, Energy Action Scotland, Energy Agency, Energy Saving Trust, SFHA, Shelter Scotland and WWF Scotland. For more information: www.existinghomesalliancescotland.co.uk
 The report, Pathway to zero carbon homes by 2045: warm, climate friendly and affordable to heat, is available online http://existinghomesalliancescotland.co.uk/news/alliance-sets-out-pathway-to-zero-carbon-homes-by-2045/. This report represents the consensus view of the Alliance however it should be noted that individual organisations’ views may differ slightly on finer policy details.
 The Programme for Government, 3 September 2019 https://www.gov.scot/publications/protecting-scotlands-future-governments-programme-scotland-2019-20/
 Energy efficiency can reduce the total system costs of heat decarbonisation for the UK by as much as £6.2 billion per year to 2050. heat decarbonisation for the UK could cost up to £6.2 billion per year more to 2050 - Imperial College London (2018) Analysis of Alternative UK Heat Decarbonisation Pathways (p 21).
 A sustained energy efficiency programme can achieve a return of £5 in GDP per £1 of government investment and create and sustain around 6,000 jobs, with an additional 9,000 jobs during the peak of retrofitting activity. Potential wider economic impacts of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme, 2018, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde.
For more details, please contact:
Elizabeth Leighton, Director of Existing Homes Alliance Scotland