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Question reference: S5W-34992

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 4 February 2021
  • Current status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 5 February 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Heat in Buildings Strategy.


The Scottish Government has today published its Draft Heat in Buildings Strategy for consultation. The consultation will run until 30 April and can be accessed at

This draft Heat in Buildings Strategy updates the 2018 Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and the 2015 Heat Policy Statement. It expands on the policies and proposals set out in the Buildings chapter of our Climate Change Plan Update, published in December 2020, and sets out the action needed to reduce emissions from our homes and buildings to zero by 2045 and to eliminate poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty.

Alongside the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy we are consulting on a New Build Heat Standard, Scottish skills requirements for heat and energy efficiency, and the future development of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

Kevin Stewart and I have also written to the Conveners of the Local Government and Communities and the Economy, Energy and Fair Work committees. The Government looks forward to engaging with all interested parties on this important issue.