Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to spend £54.5 million to tackle fuel poverty and slash greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland.
The First Minister announced the plans at the All Energy Conference in Glasgow on May 2 as she launched her ‘Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland”, outlining action to be taken to make the country greener by 2040.
To do that, Sturgeon is calling for all homes to be improved to meet an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C in a bid to make homes warmer and more energy efficient.
FM @NicolaSturgeon announces funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency at @AllEnergy while launching @scotgov route map to an Energy Efficient Scotland. https://t.co/GAcGGWjT6Rpic.twitter.com/8STinfe1cS
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) May 2, 2018
The route map will require private landlords to achieve an EPC rating of Band E by April 2020 at change of tenancy before progressing to Band D by 2022 with all private rented properties needing to achieve Band E by March 2022 and Band D by March 2025 respectively.
Up to £49m of the funding will be allocated to provide energy efficient measures to Scottish households in line with the Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes in 2018/19.