Emissions from buildings were responsible for 23% of Scotland’s emissions in 2018. We need to reduce emissions from our homes if we are to meet climate targets.
613,000 households in Scotland are experiencing fuel poverty, with half of them in extreme fuel poverty.
Done wrongly, decarbonising our homes could push costs onto tenants, increase fuel poverty and lead to work needing to be redone. But done correctly it could reduce our emissions, tackle fuel poverty, and create green jobs across Scotland.
The STUC is calling for:
Local Authorities to write to the Scottish Government asking for funding to establish Municipal Energy Companies which would develop, own and deliver low carbon heat and energy efficiency infrastructure at local or regional level.
The Scottish Government to provide funding to Local Authorities to establish these companies and deliver area-based programmes.
The Scottish Government to establish a National Infrastructure Company to support Local Authorities in decarbonising buildings.
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