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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02454: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what financial support it offers to businesses so that they can meet new energy efficiency obligations under the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 September 2016

In common with most regulations no specific financial support is offered for compliance. However, the level of improvement set out by these regulations is relatively modest, with investment paid back within a few years. The resulting improved buildings should be more marketable, in that occupiers will benefit from the efficiency gains generated, reinforcing our message that “energy efficiency makes sound business sense”.

Wider funding for the installation of energy efficiency measures is currently available through our Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan scheme, which provides interest free loans to Scottish businesses to assist with the costs of purchasing and installing measures with the aim of reducing their energy costs and increasing their competitiveness.