Heat in Buildings: Green Heat Finance Taskforce


The Heat in Buildings Strategy published in October 2021 includes a commitment to establish a Green Heat Finance Taskforce. The purpose of the taskforce is to develop a portfolio of innovative financial solutions for building owners in Scotland to ensure that by 2045, our homes and buildings no longer contribute to climate change, as part of the wider just transition to net zero.

The remit of the taskforce is to:

  • build on existing evidence to set out the alternative sources of funding and financing for heat decarbonisation, including existing technologies and new technologies which may develop, by September 2023 for both the medium and longer-term requirements
  • explore and potentially pilot new and value-for-money innovative financing mechanisms for individual and community level investment
  • act as a catalyst for long term relationships and partnering across the public sector, the heat sector industry, wider supply chain, building owners and investor/financial institutions
  • support the alignment of the requirements for heat decarbonisation with the needs and investment activity across the wider energy system, considering returns and wider socio-economic benefits



  • Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenant’s Rights
  • Sara Thiam, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Kirsty Hamilton, OBE, Independent
  • Ben Rose, Director of Public Policy and Communications, Scottish Financial Enterprise
  • Emma Harvey-Smith, Programme Director, Green Finance Institute
  • Gemma Bone Dodds, Executive Director, Scottish National Investment Bank
  • Ian Cochran, Independent
  • Lewis Shand Smith, Chair, Energy Consumers Commission
  • Helen Melone, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
  • Andy Kerr, Director, Climate KIC
  • Rufus Grantham, Independent
  • Simon McWhirter, Deputy CEO, UK Green Building Council Scotland


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