Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient

Closed 27 Jul 2018

Opened 2 May 2018

Feedback updated 28 Aug 2019

We asked

For your views on setting a long-term standard for domestic buildings; phasing of private rented and owner occupied sectors towards reaching the long term domestic standard; our proposal for setting benchmark standards for non-domestic buildings; access to EPC data; and on what legislation may be needed more widely to support the Programme.

You said

We received 130 responses of which 94 were from groups or organisations and 36 were from individual members of the public.

For meeting the long-term standard, respondents made a broad statement of support for the proposal. However, approvals were frequently accompanied by caveats, primariliy that the targe date should be earlier than 2040 - most frequent suggestion being 2030.

a number of respondents expressed concern that the proposals were unrealistic or potentially too ambitious, espicially for properties with older traditional/stone built construction.

Concerns were raised around the use of EPC methodology. The need for accurate EPCs in which consumers had confidence was highlighted.

We did

We published the analysis of the responses on 22 November.

A consultation will be published in March 2019 which will ask for views on the impact of bringing forward the target date for domestic properties. Further details on our intended approach to legislating for Energy Efficient Scotland will be set out in March


Results updated 6 Feb 2019


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Energy Efficient Scotland will span 20 years and is aimed at delivering improvements in energy efficiency and low carbon energy. Energy Efficient Scotland has two key objectives; to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver for fuel poverty and to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions in line with the targets set out in Scotland’s Climate Change Plan.

Energy Efficient Scotland will set out a framework for energy standards for buildings. The main purpose of this consultation is to detail the proposed framework and gather the views of organisations and individuals on feasibility and delivery mechanisms. This consultation builds on earlier consultations on energy efficiency and fuel poverty. A Route Map has been produced giving a more holistic overview of the timelines, measures and practicalities involved in Energy Efficient Scotland. The Route Map should be read alongside this consultation.

Why your views matter

Energy Efficient Scotland will require minimum energy efficiency targets to be met by all buildings in Scotland and so it is vital that the views of individuals and public bodies are taken into consideration and used to shape the programme. We are gathering your responses to ensure that the Energy Efficient Scotland framework is both supported and deliverable. This consultation is not simply a tick-box exercise and so we encourage you to share any views, ideas or concerns that you may have regarding this consultation.

Download the consultation paper.

What happens next

This consultation has now closed. We are currently analysing responses submitted through Citizen Space, email and at stakeholder engagement events. We will provide a link to our consultation analysis report in due course. These responses will be used to shape the Energy Efficient Scotland framework, to ensure that it is feasible and that it meets the specific needs of each of the groups that it affects.


  • Edinburgh - Stakeholder Engagement Event

    From 4 Jun 2018 at 09:30 to 4 Jun 2018 at 16:00

    A full day workshop will be held in Edinburgh to collate views on the proposals set out in the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and consultation.

    Address: Dovecot Studio, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

    Get your ticket here:

  • Glasgow - Stakeholder Engagement Event

    From 6 Jun 2018 at 09:30 to 6 Jun 2018 at 16:00

    A full day workshop will be held in Glasgow to collate views on the proposals set out in the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and consultation.

    Address: The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP

    Get your ticket here:

  • Aberdeen - Stakeholder Engagement Event

    From 7 Jun 2018 at 10:00 to 7 Jun 2018 at 16:30

    A full day workshop will be held in Aberdeen to collate views on the proposals set out in the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and consultation.

    Address: Beach Ballroom, Beach Promenade, Aberdeen AB24 5NR

    Get your ticket here:


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