This publication sets out Citizens Advice Scotland's detailed response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the route map for its Energy Efficient Scotland programme.
In order to be successful, Energy Efficient Scotland must get three foundations right:
- Public acceptance and support for the objectives, including through effective incentives;
- Consumer confidence and trust in the scheme; and
- Making the installation of energy efficiency measures as easy as possible for consumers, with a ‘one-stop shop’ approach.
We welcomed the announcement by the First Minister in early May of the EES Route Map, which broadly adopted several of our recommendations. Sensibly, it builds on the best features of Scotland’s existing programmes, and also learns lessons from some past schemes which have fallen short. New energy efficiency targets and milestones for Scotland’s homes will provide more certainty across all housing sectors and for industry. In the rental sector, we support new regulatory standards to protect tenants, providing warmer homes and alleviating fuel poverty.