There are four broad themes at the core of SEEP:
- Integration – the need to create an integrated approach to the delivery of energy efficiency and reducing the need for heat across Scotland. Most importantly, this includes the aspiration to integrate delivery across domestic and non-domestic buildings.
- Innovation & Incentives – an offer of support to buildings across Scotland to enable improvements to energy efficiency. Innovative approaches in the design and delivery of new incentives and financial mechanisms will be necessary to enable this. This innovation will seek to drive integration (the first broad theme of SEEP) but also to explore new approaches to leveraging private sector funding and the use of loan funding or commercial products designed to maximise the resources available.
- Advice & Information – a refresh of existing approaches to the provision of advice. It will also be necessary to consider what new mechanisms may be needed to enable households, businesses, the public and the third sectors to improve the fabric of properties so that they are more energy efficient.
- Standards & Regulation - The setting and achievement of appropriate standards is integral to SEEP achieving its stated objective of achieving an ‘optimal’ energy performance for buildings.
The programme has multiple benefits, including:
- measures to make our homes warmer and places of work more comfortable, promoting more affordable energy for consumers, helping to tackle poverty and improving the competitiveness of the Scottish economy;
- the opportunity to create a substantial Scottish market and supply chain for energy efficiency services and technologies, with an estimated 4,000 jobs per annum across Scotland, including in remote areas, based on an initial estimated overall investment of around £10 billion from a range of public and private sources;
- measurable health and early years improvements through people living in warmer homes;
- regeneration of communities through upgraded building stock; and
- substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions contributing to meeting our ambitious climate change targets.
The Programme for Government 2016-17 committed over £0.5 billion to SEEP over the next four years. During the first phase of the Programme, focus is on delivering existing programmes more effectively and piloting different approaches to improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. The Scottish Government is making over £9 million available to 11 local authorities to support pilot projects in 2016-17.