Heat in buildings strategy - achieving net zero emissions: consultation

Closes 30 Apr 2021

Opened 5 Feb 2021


This draft Strategy sets out proposed actions for transforming our buildings and the systems that supply their heat, ensuring a transition to zero emissions by 2045.

Why we are consulting

This draft Heat in Building Strategy outlines the steps we will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s homes, workplaces and community buildings and to ensure that we remove poor energy performance as a driver of fuel poverty.  The Strategy encompasses an update to the 2018 Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and the 2015 Heat Policy Statement.

Read the consultation paper. 


You are invited to attend any of the following sessions as below. We will be facilitating discussion groups and allowing time for Q&A. Each session will give an overview of the Heat in Buildings Strategy and will then focus in on specific themes. The aims of these consultation workshops are to stimulate discussion on key subject areas and to encourage participants to submit formal responses to the consultation. Please note that although points raised at these discussions will be used to help inform the analysis of the Heat in Buildings Strategy, attendance at these sessions will not be considered as an official response to the consultation.

Session 1 - March 8th People and Place 10.00 – 12:00

This session will explore actions that we can take to ensure Scotland's people and organisations are meaningfully engaged, and that no one is left behind, in the net zero heat transition.

Session 2 - March 9th Communities 14:00 – 16:00

This session will explore the role of community-led organisations in addressing the heat in buildings challenge and how we can support this.

Session 3 - March 10th Investment, Market Framework and Delivery 14:00 – 16:00

A session to discuss strategic investment opportunities for the £1.6 billion investment over the next 5 years, the LCITP successor programme and a long term market framework for net zero emissions in buildings.

Session 4 - March 11th Islands 14:00 – 16:00

This session will explore the Heat in Buildings Strategy with an islands lens and will inform our Island Impact assessment. We are keen to hear views from those living and working on islands on the actions outlined in the Strategy.

Session 5 - March 15th Registered Social Landlords 14:00 – 16:00

This session will look at specific opportunities for low and zero emissions heating in social housing.

Session 6 - March 16th Regulation 14:00 – 16:00

The Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out a comprehensive regulatory framework for zero and low emissions heating and energy efficiency. This session will allow for exploration and discussion of these proposals.

Session 7 - March 18th Local Authorities 10:00 – 12:00

This session is open to representatives of local authorities and will discuss the role of local authorities in creating Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) and supporting public engagement.


To register for a place on one (or more) of these workshops, please email heatinbuildings@gov.scot clearly marking your email with the event(s) you wish to attend. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as possible after your email is received. Please provide your name, email address, company and job title in the email. Once workshops are full, we will add you to a waiting list and contact you if a place becomes available.


We kindly ask that due to expected demand, only one representative from each organisation attends each workshop.


Privacy Notice - Using your personal information

Personal information, such as your name, e-mail address, address, post code and organisation may be collected by the Heat Strategy unit of the Scottish Government for the Heat in Buildings Strategy consultation events and used in order to remain in contact with you to provide details of the event you have registered for. You do not have to provide this information but without it we will not be able to ensure you are kept up to date with regards to the events in which you plan to participate or provide related information in the event that you cannot make attend the webinar.  Notes will be taken of the general discussion at these events and used in conjunction with the consultation responses for purposes of analysis only.

Please note that by signing up to the consultation event, you are giving us consent to store the personal data you provide.  We will only use your personal information for the purpose of keeping you informed about and providing access to Heat in Buildings Strategy consultation events and any necessary follow up information. We will not keep your information for longer than required and will delete all information collated once the consultation analysis has been completed. We may share your data internally to other staff within the Scottish Government but it will only be in connection with the Heat in Buildings Strategy events and for the reasons set out in the paragraph above. You have the right to withdraw consent for us to hold your details at any time by emailing us at heatinbuildings@gov.scot.

If you wish to make a request for a copy of your personal information, rectify information you think is inaccurate or object to how we use your information please contact the Scottish Government data protection team at dpa@gov.scot.

If you are unhappy about the use of your personal data you can contact the Heat Strategy unit of the Scottish Government by e-mailing: heatinbuildings@gov.scot or through our Data Protection Officer contact point, dataprotectionofficer@gov.scot. You may also raise your concerns with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Further information can be found on the ICO’s website: www.ico.org.uk and concerns can be reported at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/handling/.

The Environmental Report that accompanies this consultation can be found below.


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