Home energy and fuel poverty

  1. Heat Pump Sector Deal Expert Advisory Group: Scottish Government response

    The Expert Advisory Group was formed to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on the scope of a potential Heat Pump Sector Deal for Scotland. This publication outlines our response to the recommendations made in their final report.

  2. Towards an Industry for Green Heat: heat in buildings supply chains delivery plan

    Sets out how supply chains will need to grow and change to meet future demand driven by future regulations of heating and energy efficiency. In the plan we outline the actions we are taking to support growth across the green heat industry.

  3. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post 2020 (EESSH2) review: interim guidance for social landlords

    Sets out early action guidance for social landlords during the review of the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post 2020 (EESSH2) until a new standard is established.

  4. Accelerating green heat delivery

    Next steps taken to help transformation.

  5. Tackling the energy cost crisis

    First Minister convenes second summit with energy companies and advice organisations.

  6. Local heat and energy efficiency strategies and delivery plans: guidance

    Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) are at the heart of a place based, locally-led and tailored approach to the heat transition. These local strategies will underpin an area-based approach to heat and energy efficiency planning and delivery.

  7. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  8. Accessing help for cost of living

    New website provides ‘one stop shop’ for advice and information.

  9. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  10. Rent freeze focus of Programme for Government

    Ministers act to protect people in cost crisis.

  11. Cost Crisis Programme for Government

    Scottish Child Payment increased from 14 November.

  12. Scottish City Region and Growth Deals: carbon management guidance for projects and programmes

    Guidance for project owners on managing carbon emissions associated with Scottish City Region and Growth Deal projects.

  13. Heat in Buildings delivery report: 2019-2020

    Seventh annual summary report of the HIBs (formerly HEEPS) programme which includes the outcomes achieved from the 2019-2020 programme and an overview of cumulative progress since 2013.

  14. Heat in Buildings strategy - domestic EPC reform consultation: analysis summary report

    An analysis summary of our EPC reform consultation that ran from July to October 2021. Proposals included renaming the current metrics and adding a third metric, such that EPCs display separate ratings for energy efficiency, cost, and carbon emissions. This summary report outlines the key findings.

  15. The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy): ICIA

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) undertaken in relation to The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy).

  16. The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy): EQIA results

    Summary results of the Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) undertaken in relation to The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy).

  17. Taking action on cost emergency

    Scottish Government Resilience Room convened.

  18. 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.

  19. Transforming heating in homes

    Zero direct emission plans for all new buildings. 

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  25. Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland: research

    Building on the "Poverty in rural Scotland: evidence review" (December 2021), SRUC were commissioned to undertake the research project, “Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland”.

  26. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  27. Tackling child poverty - fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022: annex A - measurement framework

    Measurement framework with the latest data on the drivers of child poverty. The 23 indicators in the child poverty measurement framework are intended to monitor these drivers of poverty. They form part of a wider monitoring and evaluation strategy.

  28. 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.

  29. Building a net zero future

    New measures to slash carbon emissions from housing stock.

  30. Cost of living top of the agenda for Finance Ministers

    Finance Interministerial Standing Committee.

  31. Zero Emission Taskforce recommendation report: Scottish Government response

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

  32. 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.

  33. New benefit to help with winter fuel bills

    Low Income Winter Heating Assistance will support 400,000 households.

  34. Reassurance needed on long term cost of living pressures

    Finance Secretary responds to Chancellor’s statement.

  35. 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.

  36. Urgent action needed on cost of living

    Calls for £30 billion support package.

  37. 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.

  38. Potential heat network zones: first national assessment

    Analysis to identify and characterise potential zones for heat networks in Scotland. It provides further detail on the analysis criteria, assessment methodology, limitations, definitions and the interpretation of the outputs.

  39. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation analysis

    The key findings from a qualitative analysis of consultation responses that were submitted about the draft heat networks delivery plan.

  40. Heat networks delivery plan

    Sets out how provisions of the Heat Networks Scotland Act 2021 and wider policy will contribute to increasing heat networks in Scotland.

  41. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  42. Bold action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary calls for immediate support.

  43. Investment in tackling child poverty

    Supporting low income households.

  44. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  45. Home Energy Efficiency Equity Loan pilot: homeowner feedback survey - analysis of responses

    Impartial analysis of the independent survey of homeowners who participated in the pilot. The analysis covers the impact that the measures implemented had on wellbeing and energy bills, the carbon reductions achieved and homeowner experience of the Equity Loan process and offer. Read the call for evidence: https://www.gov.scot/publications/equity-loan-scheme-call-evidence/pages/1/

  46. Home Energy Efficiency Equity Loan pilot - call for evidence on potential national rollout: analysis of responses

    Independent analysis of the responses to the call for evidence on the potential to develop an Equity Loan Scheme as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of Scottish homes. Read the call for evidence: https://www.gov.scot/publications/equity-loan-scheme-call-evidence/pages/1/

  47. Tackling the cost of living crisis

    Support to help mitigate against future energy price increases.

  48. Heat in buildings strategy: easy read

    This is the easy read version of the Heat in Buildings Strategy summary document.

  49. £300m boost for climate friendly heating

    Transforming Scotland’s heating systems.

  50. Consumer Scotland - energy, post and water - draft workplan 2022 to 2023: consultation

    A key part of Consumer Scotland’s role will be to provide levy-funded advocacy in the energy, post and water sectors and this is our draft plan for that work, published for consultation.

  51. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme: synthesis evaluation

    This report presents findings from a synthesis evaluation of Scotland’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme, which involved pilot projects delivered by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

  52. Eradicating fuel poverty

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

  53. Tackling fuel poverty in Scotland: a strategic approach

    The fuel poverty strategy sets out policies and proposals for national government, local authorities and third sector partners to help meet the targets set out in the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  54. A New Deal for Tenants - draft strategy: consultation

    We are consulting on the draft A New Deal for Tenants - rented sector strategy, which seeks to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland.  

  55. Interim Gypsy/Traveller site design guide

    Guide to assist public sector providers of Gypsy/Traveller sites to design and provide high quality accommodation that meets their needs.

  56. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  57. New winter heating benefit

    Annual investment of £20 million to help low income households.

  58. Low Income Winter Heating Assistance (LIWHA): consultation

    Consultation on our proposals to introduce a new Scottish benefit, Low Income Winter Heating Assistance, to replace the current Cold Weather Payment scheme in Scotland from winter 2022.

  59. Heat in buildings - National Public Energy Agency: consultation - call for evidence 2021/2022

    We are committed to establishing a new National Public Energy Agency by 2025 to provide leadership and coordination of heat decarbonisation delivery in Scotland. This call for evidence is the first step in a process of collaboration and co-development of the new body (closes 8 February 2022).

  60. Heat in buildings strategy: equality impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full Equality impact assessment (EQIA) which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings strategy.

  61. £50 million for warmer, greener homes

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

  62. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  63. Heat in buildings strategy: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) accompanies our Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  64. Heat in buildings strategy: fairer Scotland duty

    Summary document of the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment process which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  65. Heat in buildings strategy: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  66. Heat in buildings strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full child rights and wellbeing impact assessment which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  67. Financial help for families in need

    £41 million Winter Support Fund for low income households.

  68. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: EQIA

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) for The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020 and draft associated guidance

  69. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: ICIA

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) for the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020 and draft associated guidance.

  70. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses from the consultation on the Energy Efficient Scotland: The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2019 and associated guidance.

  71. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: BRIA

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020.

  72. Renewable heat target and action: 2021 update

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

  73. Making our homes cleaner and greener

    Scotland’s heat in buildings strategy published.

  74. Renewable and zero emissions heating systems in affordable housing projects: evaluation

    An evaluation of renewable and zero emissions heating systems in 21 Scottish affordable housing projects. This study assesses the estimated, actual, and counterfactual costs of the projects’ heating systems and determines the drivers behind decision making.

  75. New Build Heat Standard - scoping consultation: analysis

    Independent analysis of the responses made to the scoping consultation into the New Build Heat Standard.

  76. Electricity network constraints and the 2024 New Build Heat Standard: research

    Research looking into the network constraints issues associated with the electrification of heat for domestic new build developments. The focus of the work was on connection costs for these developments, how the cost is defined, and apportioned to the relevant stakeholder.

  77. Heat in Buildings Strategy - achieving net zero emissions in Scotland's buildings

    Sets out our vision for the future of heat in buildings, and the actions we are taking in the buildings sector to deliver our climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

  78. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy pilots: phase 3 - evaluation

    Evaluation of the third, and final, phase of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilots, which involved nine local authorities and took place between November 2019 and April 2021.

  79. Decarbonising heating - economic impact: report

    This report considers the potential economic impacts arising from a shift towards low carbon heating technologies in Scotland, over the period to 2030.

  80. Just Transition - A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Scottish Government response

    The Scottish Government's initial response to the final report of the Just Transition Commission. It sets out our long-term vision for just transition and provides details on our National Just Transition Planning Framework.

  81. Achieving net zero in social housing: Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce report

    This report outlines work undertaken by Zero Emission Social Housing Task Force. Within the report the recommendations set out what is required to achieve zero emission housing whilst ensuring support for tenants in reducing their energy bills and achieving carbon savings.

  82. Equity loan scheme - call for evidence: consultation

    The equity loan pilot has delivered energy efficient and zero emission heating solutions to eligible homeowners since its inception in 2017. We now wish to consider the potential to develop the pilot as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of Scottish homes.

  83. Islands bond: consultation

    The Scottish Government has made a commitment to developing an Islands Bond - offering 100 bonds of up to £50,000 to young people and families to stay in or to move to islands currently threatened by depopulation. This consultation is inviting comments to inform the development of this policy.

  84. Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty and climate change

    £64 million for local heat and energy efficiency projects

  85. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 - Towards a Better Place for Everyone

    A new air quality strategy to replace Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future, setting out the Scottish Government's air quality policy framework for the next five years and a series of actions to deliver further air quality improvements.

  86. Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026

    Scotland's Third Land Use Strategy sets out our vision, objectives and policies to achieve sustainable land use. The strategy covers the next five years and aims to provide a more holistic understanding of our land, the demands we place upon it and the benefits we get from our land.

  87. Cleaner air for Scotland review: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.

  88. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  89. Scottish House Condition Survey: Local Authority Analysis 2017-2019

    Local Authority figures for 2017-2019, including fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, the condition of housing and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

  90. 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.

  91. Helping to warm homes this winter

    First award through £7 million fuel poverty fund.

  92. Climate Change Plan 2018-2032 - update: strategic environmental assessment - draft

    Draft strategic environmental assessment of the update to the Climate Change Plan 2018 to 2032. The appendices are available as a supporting file on this page.

  93. Securing a green recovery on a path to net zero: climate change plan 2018–2032 - update

    This update to Scotland's 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan sets out the Scottish Government's pathway to our new and ambitious targets set by the Climate Change Act 2019. It is a key strategic document on our green recovery from COVID-19.

  94. Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel: annual report – 2019

    Second annual report of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Partnership Forum.

  95. Renewable heat scheme for homeowners

    Support to reduce energy usage.

  96. £16m to tackle fuel poverty

    Helping households become more energy efficient.

  97. Scottish House Condition Survey: 2018 Key Findings

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  98. Improving energy efficiency

    Proposals to make homes warmer and greener.

  99. Enhanced heating regimes: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the responses made to the consultation on enhanced heating regimes which ran from 24 June until 16 August 2019.

  100. Enhanced heating regimes: response to consultation

    Response to the submissions made to the enhanced heating consultation which was open from 24 June to 16 August 2019.

  101. Heat Networks Regulation Working Group: recommendations

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

  102. Enhanced heating regimes: consultation

    This consultation sets out the details of the three enhanced heating regimes defined in the Fuel Poverty Bill and seeks views on which households they should be applied to.

  103. Energy efficiency grants for social landlords

    Extra funding to make homes warmer and promote carbon reduction.

  104. New Bill to lift households out of fuel poverty

    Fuel Poverty Bill passes Stage 3.

  105. Public energy company: strategic outline case

    Independent strategic outline case to consider how Scotland's public energy company could be developed suggests that a phased approach would work better.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. Target to cut fuel poverty

    Bill sets out target and new definition.

  109. Improving energy efficiency

    Equity loan scheme for homeowners expands.

  110. Funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency

    FM announces allocation of £54.5 million.

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

    This consultation seeks views on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020 (EESSH2).

  112. Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Scotland: annual review 2016-2017

    A review of how the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme has performed and made progress towards meeting the scheme's stated objectives.

  113. Energy summit

    Doing more to support vulnerable consumers.

  114. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing: guidance for social landlords (revised December 2017)

    Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), December 2017

  115. Scottish House Condition Survey 2016

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

  116. Tackling fuel poverty

    Consultation launches.

  117. Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: summary delivery report 2015-2016

    Summary of measures delivered and outcomes achieved from the 2015 to 2016 Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland.

  118. Improving Scotland's private rented sector properties

    Consultation on energy efficiency and condition standards.

  119. Private rented housing energy efficiency and condition standards: consultation

    Consultation on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and amend the repairing standard in the private rented sector.

  120. Private rented housing condition standards: consultation assessment (part two)

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our consultation on efficiency and condition standards.

  121. Private rented housing energy efficiency: consultation assessment (part one)

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our consultation on efficiency and condition standards.

  122. £30 million announced to help makes homes warmer

    Interest-free loans now available to help reduce fuel bills

  123. Warmer Homes Scotland - first annual review

    Annual review of our Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, looking at delivery from September 2015 to March 2016.

  124. Funding for the fuel poor

    Additional £10 million to help families who most need support to keep warm this winter.

  125. Delivering affordable warmth in rural Scotland: action plan

    Report produced by the independent Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force setting out actions to deliver affordable warmth in rural Scotland.

  126. Executive summary - An action plan to deliver affordable warmth in rural Scotland proposed by the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force

    Executive summary of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force report that sets out actions to deliver affordable warmth in rural Scotland.

  127. Tackling fuel poverty

    Independent fuel poverty report recommends review of definition.

  128. Consent granted for new Highland wind farm

    Creag Riabhach wind farm to generate enough power for 36,000 homes.

  129. Scotland gets low-carbon cosy

    More renewable heat than ever before.

  130. Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group

    Final report to be published later this year.

  131. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing: funding sources table

    A table detailing funding available for energy efficiency projects.

  132. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing: information for landlords

    Answers to landlords' questions about the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing.

  133. Joint Housing Delivery Plan for Scotland

    Plan identifying priority actions agreed upon by housing sector representatives to ensure we are able to deliver the objectives set out in our housing strategies.

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