A green new deal for our homes

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The way we heat our homes is damaging ourselves and the climate. 

We are calling on the next Scottish Government to clean up our heat with a Green New Deal for homes. 

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Policy 1

Switch half a million homes from polluting mains gas to heat pumps by 2030 with a major new infrastructure programme.

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WHY?

Gas boilers – chances are, your home has one. Over 80% of Scottish buildings are heated this way. But burning gas contributes to poor air quality both inside your home and out. And it adds up – heating buildings generates a quarter of Scotland’s climate emissions.  

HOW?

The next Scottish Government should transform the way we heat our homes by providing new grants to householders to switch to low-carbon alternatives like heat electric pumps. It’s an essential step if we’re to meet our climate targets. It will reduce our dependence on volatile fossil fuels, make the most of Scotland’s abundant renewable energy, and put us at the forefront of the clean heating revolution.  

Upgrading millions of homes is a big mission. That’s why this should be part of a Green New Deal, a joined-up plan that captures the economic benefits and ensure a just transition for all. 

A Green New Deal for Homes will help us kick out fossil fuels from our homes, saving money, cutting fuel poverty and creating jobs. It’s time to bring our leaky buildings into the 21st century. 

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Policy 2

Secure £500m investment in low-carbon heat networks over the next five years.

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WHY?

The ways our cities and towns are heated are inefficient and costly - but there is another way. Local heat networks can deliver heat from a central source to homes and businesses through hot water pipes underground. Thousands of homes in Aberdeen are already heated this way, a reliable and efficient way to heat that’s easy to turn green.  

HOW?

Scotland can make a real success of this tried and tested approach. But we need a clear ambition from Government. 

Only then can our local manufacturers and installers truly benefit, and cleaner and more reliable heat be brought to our towns and cities as the climate emergency demands it.  

It’s time to ramp up investment to make community heat networks the norm across Scotland. 

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Policy 3

Support all homes to be warm, comfortable and energy efficient by 2030 with a doubling of fuel poverty budgets and providing incentives for all.

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WHY?

With winter coming, many of us will be piling on the jumpers and dreading high fuel bills.  More than a quarter of people in Scotland are in fuel poverty, living in leaky, draughty homes. It’s bad for health, well-being and the climate.  

No one should have to live like this. Proper investment in energy efficiency and better housing will help cut energy bills, tackle poverty and slash emissions. 

HOW?

We need to improve the energy efficiency of our homes, bringing them up to at least a ‘C’ energy performance rating by 2030, with a package of funding, regulation and incentives. 

And it makes economic sense – a sustained programme of investment would create thousands of jobs and boost GDP by nearly £8bn, delivering £5 back for every £1 invested. 

With fuel poverty set to worsen as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, energy efficiency should be the cornerstone of a Green New Deal for homes, to build a resilient future that leaves no one behind in the transition to net-zero. 

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