Responding to the announcement today of the Programme for Government, Citizens Advice Scotland’s Head of Energy policy Dr Jamie Stewart said:
“The Scottish government’s declaration of a climate emergency had to be followed up by substantial changes in policy and investment, and the Programme for Government is a good step in that direction.
“Focusing on transport and housing is the right thing to do. Getting the transition right in these sectors will be vital, not just in terms of emissions but also to ensure that the poorest in society are supported to take the actions needed.
“We welcome the Scottish government’s focus on expanding low carbon heating, together with a Heat Decarbonisation Policy Statement. But it is essential that this route map spells exactly how people will be supported in investing in low carbon, affordable heating systems in their homes. This will require a significant increase in funding under the Energy Efficient Scotland programme.
“Citizens Advice Scotland is particularly pleased to see the introduction of a Heat Networks Bill, having called for progress in this area for some time. This will be an essential piece of legislation to safeguard consumers on heat networks, and is especially important given the expected growth in the number of district heating schemes in Scotland.”