The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) – a 15 to 20 year programme. The Programme for Government commits to investing more than half a billion pounds to SEEP over the next four years setting out a clear commitment to develop this programme with substantial annual funding. By 2035, through SEEP we will have transformed the energy efficiency and heating of our buildings so that, wherever technically feasible, and practical, buildings are near zero carbon.
This will make our homes, shops, offices, schools and hospitals warmer and easier to heat, and by reducing energy demand, we can help tackle fuel poverty, help businesses improve their energy productivity and competitiveness and release savings in the public sector for front line services.
Why We Are Consulting
The Scottish Government has already undertaken a period of pre-consultation scoping work on scenarios for the whole Programme, with internal and external stakeholders, in autumn 2016. These discussions considered the following elements which will form the constituent parts of the Programme:
the role of regulation, standards and financial incentives
what the appropriate levels and sources of funding should be
the provision of advice, information and consumer protection
how to establish and sustain local supply chains and trusted delivery agents
the nature of programme delivery
the balance between local and national responsibilities
monitoring and review process
We are now formally consulting and seeking your views on these different options for programme and policy design, as set out in the attached consultation document. We will use the responses gathered in this consultation to inform policy decisions on the overall design and operation of SEEP.