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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11862: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it has in place to ensure that the supply chain for appropriate insulation and other retrofit energy efficiency materials for traditional buildings is robust to support the likely demand once energy efficiency legislation is enacted.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 October 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the energy efficiency of all types of buildings across Scotland as part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). A key element of SEEP will be to ensure that we have a workforce with the right skills, including those for traditional buildings, in the right places and numbers to deliver the programme aims. We will publish a routemap on the future direction of the programme next year.

As an early action, the Scottish Government has commissioned the Climate Exchange to provide independent expertise on which materials and technologies could be suitable across a range of house and building types in the near future.

Energy Saving Trust (EST) work with key partners to provide skills training to help businesses, particularly those in remote rural and island areas where the supply chain is relatively sparse, gain the necessary skills and certifications to operate in the energy efficiency and renewables market.

Further, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is undertaking research commissioned under the SG Energy Efficiency Action Plan to progress research and publish guidance on the appropriate thermal refurbishment of traditionally built and historic properties (dating from pre 1919). This work is still continuing.