Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today warned Scotland's homes are "light years" behind on energy efficiency and said that the test of the Scottish Government's new strategy will be whether it closes that gap.
The Scottish Government today published a new energy efficiency route map which aims to "transform" the efficiency of Scotland's buildings through policies including mandatory EPC energy efficiency ratings for private and rented homes.
Approximately two-thirds of Scotland's owner-occupied and rented properties are currently below the C rating, the level deemed to be a good standard. Half of social housing properties don't meet this standard.
Mr McArthur also stressed the need for “area-specific solutions” to address fuel poverty, especially in rural and island communities.
Mr McArthur commented:
"Scotland's homes are light years behind the energy efficiency standards we need to see. That is one of the reasons the SNP Government missed the legally-binding target to eradicate fuel poverty by miles.
"This new strategy will fail unless it is matched by the resources and incentives needed to properly improve housing stock, keep homes warm and protect our environment.
"It is disappointing to see so little focus in the strategy on renewable heat and district heating networks. Experts have already queried these glaring omissions.
“On EPC targets, the government must acknowledge that a one size fits all approach just won’t work for remote, rural and island areas. We need a range of tailored, area-specific solutions including the establishment of catch-up zones to deliver warmer homes for remote and island communities which have fallen behind.”
"The hundreds of thousands living in fuel poverty across Scotland need warm homes, not warm words."