Industry body to work collaboratively with new Green ministers

Fionna Kell

HOMES for Scotland (HFS) has said it is to work collaboratively with new Green ministers, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, following their appointments earlier this week.

The Scottish Greens co-leaders were appointed to the roles following the the cooperation agreement between the party and the SNP.

HFS director of policy, Fionna Kell, said, “Whilst the retrofitting of existing housing will be a massive task, Scotland’s home builders are already well on the path to net zero – with a 75% reduction in carbon emissions from new homes built today compared to 1990 baselines.

“There is more to do, of course, which will be challenging, not only for builders in terms of skills, grid capacity and supply chain readiness, but also for consumers in terms of demand and behaviour change as new technologies are introduced.

“It was pleasing to see affordable housing ambitions increased as a result of the co-operation agreement, in the delivery of which the private sector will have a key role to play. We value our collaboration with the Scottish Government and will continue to work positively and constructively with ministers as we all seek to address the climate emergency.”