Scottish government signals low carbon ambitions

The Scottish government has pledged £1.6bn investment to transform heat and energy efficiency in its buildings in its 2020-21 Programme for Government.

On 1 September, Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland, was presented to the Scottish parliament by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon who said that while COVID-19 was the immediate priority, the global climate emergency continues to intensify and requires “urgent attention and action”. Central to Scotland’s recovery from coronavirus will be a national mission to help create “new jobs, good jobs and green jobs”, with £100mn set to be dedicated over the next five years to a Green Jobs Fund.

The programme commits the Scottish government to investing almost £1.6bn in transforming its buildings over the next parliament, ensuring that emissions from heating are eliminated by 2040 to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty. It was noted that this uplifts heat and energy efficiency spend from £112mn in 2019-20 to £398mn in 2025-26.  Elsewhere, it committed to £60mn to support decarbonisation of industrial and manufacturing sectors and the delivery of a Hydrogen Policy Statement and Hydrogen Action Plan by the end of 2020.

It also pledged to capitalise the Scottish National Investment Bank, which is on track to open this year, with £2bn over 10 years with a primary mission of supporting the transition to net zero emissions.

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