Scottish government “shames” Westminster on energy efficiency


Source: Builders’ Merchant News

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising the energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

Following the Scottish government’s announcement that improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Scotland will be designated a national infrastructure priority, the FMB applauded Scotland’s trail blazing attitude to this important policy area.

Gordon Nelson, services director of FMB Scotland, said: “The Scottish government has quite rightly prioritised our existing buildings because it recognises that in doing so, it will meet a number of its economic, social and environmental objectives.

“The next hurdle will be to encourage the UK government to increase its ambition for energy efficiency. The UK has a legally binding target to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. This will simply not be achieved unless we dramatically reduce the carbon emissions emitted by our existing building, which are responsible for 27% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.”

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