Energy efficiency in the public sector

Improving energy efficiency in the public sector

There are around 23,000 buildings in public ownership in Scotland. We are committed to ensuring support for public bodies to improve energy efficiency and work towards decarbonising their estates.

In October 2021, we published our Heat in buildings strategy, outlining a commitment to invest £1.8 billion in capital funding over the next five years for energy efficiency and zero carbon heating in Scotland’s buildings. The Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme launched in June 2021 and acts as the main government-led capital funding mechanism to support leadership for decarbonisation of public buildings.

The Heat in buildings strategy commits to providing a minimum of £200 million of capital support over the course of this Parliament (March 2022) to aid the decarbonisation of Scotland’s public sector estates and to contribute effectively towards wider climate change and net zero targets. The support offered will aid public bodies in fulfilling their duties under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, whereby public bodies must ensure the delivery of their functions is undertaken in the best calculated way to contribute towards meeting Scotland’s climate change targets.

Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme (GPSEDS)

The Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme provides a number of support mechanisms for heat decarbonisation and improving energy efficiency across buildings owned by the public sector in Scotland:


Any enquiries relating to our work supporting energy efficiency and decarbonisation across Scotland’s public sector can be sent to:

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