Climate change: Scottish government should heed the top-line message from big business about low-carbon homes – Dr Richard Dixon. Last week a group of business leaders published a 10-year plan for Covid recovery. It is rare that I would find myself agreeing with the likes of Shell, Tesco, Heathrow and AstraZeneca but on one point they are spot on – the overriding need to drastically reduce climate emissions from the UK’s homes. The self-styled Covid Recovery Commission proposes a ‘National Deal for Net-Zero Homes’, with a 15-year path to decarbonising homes, including asking the government to retrofit all social housing by 2030. To stress the need for urgency, they quote an energy think tank saying that the number of homes we upgrade every year currently needs to become the number we upgrade every week if we are to get deliver on climate targets. As you would expect, it is business and market-focused, with government mostly just stumping up cash. And they haven’t realised the Scottish government controls almost all of this in Scotland. But they have added a strong business voice to the call to get serious about low-carbon, warm homes. Heating our homes and providing hot water is responsible for at least 15 per cent of Scotland’s climate emissions. At the same time, many of our homes are so inefficient that people are in fuel poverty, struggling to pay the electricity and gas bills.
Scotsman 6th May 2021 read more »