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  1. Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme Survey Evaluation

    This report presents the social evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme, which aimed to support local authorities’ engagement with households and businesses expected to self-fund energy efficiency improvements.

  2. Transforming heating in homes

    Zero direct emission plans for all new buildings. 

  3. Fishing practices adapted in commercial fisheries: review

    Comprehensive literature review on the specific interventions taken in Scotland, the UK and EU to reduce the climate related impacts of the marine wild capture fisheries sector complemented with a series of stakeholder interviews on direct experiences and challenges.

  4. Renewable and zero direct emissions heating systems in affordable housing projects (phase 2): evaluation

    An evaluation of the selection, installation and performance of zero direct emissions heating (ZDEH) systems installed in new affordable homes in Scotland.

  5. Zero direct emissions heat in new build affordable homes: case study

    Case studies detailing the choice, installation and experience of zero direct emissions heating systems in new affordable homes in Scotland across various sites and housing types.

  6. New Build Heat Standard: consultation - part two

    We are seeking views on our detailed proposals for a New Build Heat Standard (NBHS) to prohibit the use of direct emissions heating systems in new buildings warranted from April 2024.

  7. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  8. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme: capital projects - list

    A full list of capital projects supported under the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

  9. Coal extraction policy: call for evidence

    An opportunity to contribute views and evidence on the development of coal extraction policy in Scotland. This helps us ensure we deliver a robust, fully-evidenced policy position in line with energy needs, statutory requirements, and climate change ambitions.

  10. Building a net zero future

    New measures to slash carbon emissions from housing stock.

  11. Building regulations - proposed changes to energy standards, etc: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the 2021 public consultation on a review of building standards relating to energy standards and associated topics, including ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

  12. Zero Emission Taskforce recommendation report: Scottish Government response

    Sets out our response to the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce report.

  13. Heat in Buildings strategy - quality assurance: policy statement

    Quality assurance is critical to our heat decarbonisation aims. This policy statement focuses on the standards, skills and certifications required for installers on SG schemes, proposed ways to tackle scams and mis-selling and how to improve public engagement.

  14. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  15. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  16. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  17. Urgent action needed on cost of living

    Calls for £30 billion support package.

  18. Scottish Central Government Energy Efficiency Grant scheme: form and guidance

    A scheme to offer capital grant funding support to enable the delivery of heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects across the public sector.

  19. Scottish Government at COP26: What was achieved?

    This report provides an account of the activities delivered through the Scottish Government’s COP26 programme and how that activity supported the Scottish Government’s main climate related policy aims.

  20. Public bodies’ emissions reduce

    £100 million to cut carbon footprint further.

  21. Heat in buildings - Scotland's National Public Energy Agency call for evidence: analysis of responses

    Results of a call for evidence which ran from November 2021 to February 2022. This supported our Programme for Government commitment to establish a new National Public Energy Agency by 2025 to lead and coordinate heat and energy efficiency retrofit in Scotland.

  22. Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury - incineration in the waste hierarchy: independent review

    Report and supporting documents relating to the Independent Review of the Role of Incineration in the Waste Hierarchy in Scotland.

  23. Spring Statement fails to properly tackle soaring living costs

    Finance Secretary responds to UK Government plans.

  24. Bold action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary calls for immediate support.

  25. Urgent action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary writes to Treasury ahead of Spring Statement.

  26. Eradicating fuel poverty

    New strategy to make homes safer, warmer and cheaper to heat.

  27. £50 million for warmer, greener homes

    Support available to help people save on heating bills this winter.

  28. Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme: information note - June 2021

    Information about the Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme that will act as the main government-led capital funding mechanism to support leadership for decarbonisation of public buildings.

  29. Network of sharing libraries and repair cafes

    Funding to deliver key recommendation of Scotland’s Climate Assembly.

  30. Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty and climate change

    £64 million for local heat and energy efficiency projects

  31. Artificial intelligence strategy: trustworthy, ethical and inclusive

    Our artificial intelligence (AI) strategy sets out a vision for AI in Scotland, the principles that will guide us, and the actions we’ll take to develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.

  32. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  33. Heat in buildings strategy: strategic environmental assessment

    The Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Report to accompany the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy consultation.

  34. New measures to accelerate greener, cheaper heating

    Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill passed.

  35. Energy Efficient Scotland - improving energy efficiency in owner-occupied homes: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the Energy Efficient Scotland: improving energy efficiency in owner-occupied homes consultation.

  36. Energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes - skills requirements: consultation

    Consultation on proposals for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat network skills requirements for homes in support of our draft Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  37. Heat in buildings strategy - achieving net zero emissions: consultation

    Draft heat in buildings strategy consultation to gather evidence and views on our proposed actions to meet our climate change targets, whilst maximising economic opportunities, ensuring a just transition and addressing fuel poverty.

  38. Local energy policy statement

    This local energy policy statement containing set of key principles and associated outcomes represents the values we wish to see adopted.

  39. Annual energy statement: 2020

    This year’s energy statement highlights the key developments in the sector that have influenced the Scottish Government's ability to deliver the targets set out in the current Energy Strategy, published in December 2017.

  40. Helping industry cut emissions

    Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund opens.

  41. New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation

    We are committed to ensuring that, from 2024, new buildings must use heating systems which produce zero direct emissions at the point of use. We are currently developing our New Build Heat Standard to achieve this, and this scoping consultation sets out our initial vision.

  42. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme: closed invitations

    Information on closed funding invitations from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

  43. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES): phase 2 pilots evaluation

    LHEES aim to establish local authority plans for systematically improving the energy efficiency of buildings and decarbonising heat. This report presents an evaluation of the Phase 2 pilots focusing on the organisational and social aspects, and a review of reports generated by the projects.

  44. Energy Efficient Scotland Phase 2 pilots: final social evaluation report

    Social evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland Phase 2 pilots, which form a part of the development of broader Energy Efficient Scotland programme.

  45. Cash boost for joint Scottish-Asian research

    New Fund to focus on economic, social recovery from COVID-19.

  46. Energy efficiency in social housing: guidance for landlords - revised 2020

    Guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

  47. Scottish House Condition Survey: 2018 Key Findings

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  48. Scottish house condition survey: 2018 key findings

    Figures from the 2018 survey, including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, the condition of housing and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

  49. New build homes to be more energy efficient

    Renewable or low carbon heating from 2024.

  50. Improving energy efficiency

    Proposals to make homes warmer and greener.

  51. Energy Efficient Scotland development: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to public consultation on further development of Energy Efficient Scotland.

  52. Heat Networks Regulation Working Group: recommendations

    A report advising the Scottish Government on legislative support for heat networks.

  53. Social housing to be more energy efficient

    Tenants across Scotland to benefit from £3 million in funding.

  54. Renewable heat target and action: 2019

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  55. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: consultation analysis

    Analysis of information provided by respondents to the consultation where we were seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  56. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: response to consultation

    Our decision following consideration of the information provided by respondents to a consultation seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  57. Local energy policy statement: consultation

    Scotland's Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, included the development of 'innovative local energy systems' as one of six strategic priorities. To support that aim, a commitment was made to develop a Local Energy Position Paper, which would set out a series of key principles and associated outcomes for project delivery agents to consider during the development of future renewable energy projects.

  58. Onshore unconventional oil and gas in Scotland: analysis of responses to consultations

    Analysis of stakeholders' responses to our 2018 consultation on statutory and other assessments relating to unconventional oil and gas in Scotland, and to the 2019 consultation on an addendum to those assessments.

  59. Unconventional oil and gas development: our position

    Scottish Government's finalised policy position on onshore unconventional oil and gas development, also known as fracking.

  60. Unconventional oil and gas policy: BRIA

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our policy position on development of onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG).

  61. Making homes more energy efficient

    Tackling climate change at a local level.

  62. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES): phase 1 pilots - technical evaluation

    Findings from the technical evaluation of the first phase of LHEES pilots, in which 12 local authorities participated between September 2017 and March 2018.

  63. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES): phase 1 pilots - social evaluation

    Findings from the social evaluation of the first phase of LHEES pilots, in which 12 local authorities participated between September 2017 and March 2018.

  64. Warmer Homes Scotland: annual review 2017 to 2018

    A review of how the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme - part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland - has performed and made progress towards meeting objectives.

  65. Improved energy efficiency standards reducing bills

    Social landlords lead the way.

  66. Energy efficiency grants for social landlords

    Extra funding to make homes warmer and promote carbon reduction.

  67. Decarbonising Scotland's industrial sectors and sites: discussion paper

    This paper outlines our engagement with industry to date.

  68. Energy Efficient Scotland programme: analysis of delivery mechanism

    Report exploring how best to oversee the delivery of our programme to improve energy efficiency and promote low carbon heating in Scotland's homes and buildings.

  69. Energy Efficient Scotland: consultation on further development of the programme

    The consultation seeks to gather evidence which could support a change to the proposed timeframe to deliver standards for all properties across Scotland in an achievable and realistic way.

  70. Energy Efficient Scotland: the future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings - call for evidence

    We are seeking evidence on technologies and actions necessary to support the decarbonisation of the heat supply of buildings that currently do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

  71. Greater ambitions for energy efficiency

    Consulting on energy efficiency targets.

  72. Energy Efficient Scotland: recommendations from quality assurance short life working group

    Independent, industry led recommendations on five key elements of Energy Efficient Scotland: quality assurance, building a workforce, consumer protection, procurement, and non-domestic sector.

  73. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords (revised February 2019)

    Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), February 2019.

  74. HES Homecare pilot: evaluation

    The aim of the Home Energy Scotland (HES) Homecare pilot was to test the Energycarer approach to tackling rural fuel poverty.

  75. Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund

    Up to £10 million to help commercial deployment of tidal projects.

  76. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates review: executive summary

    Analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  77. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates: review

    Analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  78. District heating: guidance on project level socio-economic assessment

    Draft methodology and guidance on how to appraise the socioeconomic impacts of district heating projects appropriately, through the implementation of Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA).

  79. LHEES: guidance on strategy level socio-economic assessments

    Draft methodology and guidance on how to appraise the socio-economic impacts of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES), through the implementation of Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA).

  80. Fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989 consultation: our response

    Our response to the consultation on proposals to revise fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989, providing details of the changes which Ministers intend to implement. The decision to increase fees follows a careful consideration of all the points raised by respondents to our consultation.

  81. Fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989: analysis of consultation responses

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on proposals to revise fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989.

  82. Fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Final business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) on the revision of fees charged under the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations 1990 for applications under the Electricity Act 1989.

  83. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates review: supplementary notes

    Notes supplementing analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  84. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020 (EESSH2): consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation on Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020.

  85. Energy Efficient Scotland: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation 'Energy Efficient Scotland: making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient'.

  86. Heat and energy efficiency strategies: second consultation analysis

    Findings from the second consultation on local heat and energy efficiency strategies (LHEES), and regulation of district and communal heating.

  87. Business rates cap

    Hospitality sector and Aberdeen offices to benefit.

  88. Solar panels for ‘Livingstone’s Hospital’

    Community benefit from secure energy supply.

  89. Leading the way to a low-carbon future

    Just Transition Commission to advise on decarbonisation.

  90. Target to cut fuel poverty

    Bill sets out target and new definition.

  91. Funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency

    FM announces allocation of £54.5 million.

  92. Energy Efficient Scotland: equality impact assessment

    The Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) has been undertaken to allow us to look at how this programme impacts on people and is an opportunity to promote equality.

  93. Energy Efficient Scotland: partial business and regulatory impact assessment

    This Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) accompanies the consultation on Energy Efficient Scotland.

  94. Energy Efficient Scotland: strategic environmental assessment

    This Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) investigates the likely significant effects on the environment by the implementation of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme.

  95. Energy Efficient Scotland consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient

    This consultation runs in conjunction with the Energy Efficient Scotland route map and asks for views on proposals on standard setting for domestic and non-domestic properties, access to EPC data, and on legislation.

  96. Energy Efficient Scotland: route map

    This route map for the Energy Efficient Scotland programme sets out the journey our homes, businesses and public buildings will take to become more energy efficient.

  97. Applications under the Electricity Act 1989: fees charged

    Papers for the Scottish Government's consultation on proposals to revise the fees required by the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations 1990.

  98. Heat and energy efficiency strategies: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on heat and energy efficiency strategies and regulation of district heating.

  99. Heat and energy efficiency strategies: consultation

    This is a second consultation on local heat and energy efficiency strategies and regulation of district and communal heating.

  100. Heat and energy efficiency strategies and district heating regulation: consultation

    Scottish Government consultation paper on local heat and energy efficiency strategies (LHEES) and regulation of district heating.

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