New organisation seeks to ‘scale up’ energy efficiency

A NEW organisation has been launched to help ‘scale up’, among other things, energy-efficiency measures in buildings.

Begins a Scottish Government announcement on the initiative, here: “A national public energy agency – Heat & Energy Efficiency Scotland – has been launched to scale up delivery of climate-friendly heating and improve energy efficiency across Scotland’s homes and buildings.”

Adds the announcement: “The initial focus of the virtual agency will be to build public understanding of the changes needed in how people heat and use energy in their properties, act as a centre of expertise for green heat projects and co-ordinate the delivery of investment programmes.

“The Scottish Government has committed at least £1.8 billion to green heat and energy efficiency programmes over the course of this parliament, supporting a vision for more than one million homes and non-domestic buildings to be running on zero direct emissions heating systems by 2030.”

An overseeing board comprises chair, Professor Lorne Crerar, from law firm, Harper Macleod; Tricia McAuley OBE, ‘consumer expert’; chartered accountant, Vivienne Cockburn, director, Cockburn Partners; Claire Mack, CEO, Scottish Renewables; Sally Thomas, CEO, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Graeme Bissett, external trustee, Citizens Advice Scotland; Mike Thornton, CEO, Energy Saving Trust; and James Fowlie, director of Place Policy, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland