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News 14 December 2021

Scottish Budget allocates £350 million to decarbonise homes and buildings

On 9 December 2021, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes set out the Scottish Budget for 2022-23 – the first to be developed in partnership with the Scottish Green Party.

The budget is expected to help accelerate Scotland’s efforts to become a net zero economy while supporting people, businesses and communities to recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Energy efficiency and heating in the budget

  • £194.6 million has been allocated to domestic energy efficiency and to help alleviate fuel poverty.
  • There has been an increase in the total budget for heat decarbonisation, which includes funds to “double and refocus grants for energy efficiency and heat measures, including heat pumps” for all households.
  • Almost £350 million has been allocated to drive forward the Scottish Government’s commitment to decarbonise the heating of 1 million homes in Scotland, and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings, by 2030.
  • The announcement of the first £20 million of the Scottish Government’s 10-year, £500 million Just Transition Fund, “identifying key projects, through co-design with those impacted by the transition to net zero, to accelerate the development of a transformed and decarbonised economy in the North East and Moray”.

Our work in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland programme, delivered by Energy Saving Trust, provides free, impartial advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy, greener travel and reducing water waste.

The service also offers a range of interest-free loans for energy saving home improvements, as well as ebikes, electric vehicles and home chargepoints. The programme has saved over 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide since 2008, and has saved customers more than £1 billion in energy bills.

We’re also a key consortium partner in Local Energy Scotland, the organisation that supports local energy projects and administers funding of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

Last updated: 14 December 2021