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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07650: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) works with small businesses to better forecast and plan long-term work.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 16 March 2017

As part of our current programmes, the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland are working together to provide assistance and support for businesses in Scotland to be able to participate effectively in the supply chain for energy efficiency and renewables measures /installations. Through this on-going engagement with installers we will consider what skills and training are required to develop the necessary capacity in the sector as SEEP is piloted and developed.

The development of the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) will involve significant public consultation and engagement with delivery partners across Scotland. The SEEP consultation, launched on 24 January, asks key questions around the establishment and sustainability of local supply chains, standards and regulations, and financial incentives which will assist our understanding of the potential impact of the programme on Scottish businesses. By 2018 we will have developed a detailed route map for SEEP which will enable Scottish businesses and the wider sector to better forecast and plan long-term work. The consultation can be accessed via the following link: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/scotlands-energy-efficiency-programme/