- 23 Mar 2021
This report was commissioned to help develop a Scotland wide Section 3F planning policy, by proposing reasonable levels of CO2 (Carbon dioxide) emissions reduction that can be expected from use of low and zero carbon generating technologies (LZCGTs) in new buildings. The research also draws attention to methods by which planning officers can ascertain that the reductions have been met. Section 3F of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended through Section 72 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 states that:
‘A planning authority, in any local development plan prepared by them, must include policies requiring all developments in the local development plan area to be designed so as to ensure that all new buildings avoid a specified and rising proportion of the projected greenhouse gas emissions from their use, calculated on the basis of the approved design and plans for the specific development, through the installation and operation of low and zero carbon generating technologies.’
As a consequence, planning authorities across Scotland have had relative autonomy in determining the contribution LZCGT should make to the CO2 emission reductions of new buildings. This has led to duplication of effort in determining appropriate policies; inconsistences in terms of the LZCGT contribution sought, compliance procedures and calculation methodologies; and a general lack of clarity for all stakeholders. In response, the Scottish Government is using the preparation of the next National Planning Framework to further explore how the legislative requirements could be met, with a particular focus on the level of emission savings from the use of LZCGTs.