New homes in Scotland to be energy efficient from 2024

THE Scottish Government has announced plans to develop new regulations that will ensure all new homes use renewable or low carbon heating from 2024.

The plans come alongside a £30 million investment in renewable heat projects, with renewable and low carbon heating systems planned to also be phased in for non-domestic buildings given consent to build from 2024.

Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said, “Scotland is internationally recognised for its leadership on tackling climate change and for responding to the global climate emergency by setting an ambitious target to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2045. We have also set a challenging interim target of achieving a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the pace of decarbonising Scotland’s domestic and non-domestic buildings has to increase significantly to achieve those aims, and emissions from our buildings will have to fall close to zero.

“We will ensure that new homes and buildings across Scotland meet the challenge of the climate emergency, combining the action we need to take on climate change with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes.”