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S5W-12722: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its final energy strategy.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 14 November 2017

During the first half of this year we published a suite of consultations under the Draft Energy Strategy, seeking views on the policies we have committed to, propose to undertake and are developing, in order to make sure we have a smooth transition to a low carbon future, with warmer homes and affordable energy for all.

Today, the Scottish Government has published the consultation responses relating to the Draft Energy Strategy and the analysis reports of five of the consultations undertaken earlier this year – namely:

  • A Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of Energy in Scotland

  • Onshore Wind Policy Statement

  • Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

  • Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating

  • Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation

As announced in the Programme for Government, the final Energy Strategy will be published by the end of 2017, and will set the vision for our energy future to 2050, taking into consideration the consultation feedback. We will also publish our final Onshore Wind Policy Statement by the end of 2017.

The responses and analysis report today, along with input from the Scottish Energy Advisory Board and Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee, are being considered in the development of the final Energy Strategy.

On Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, the outputs from the consultation will be used to inform the further development of this cornerstone initiative. As confirmed in the Programme for Government we will publish a Route Map for SEEP in 2018 setting out our long term ambition for the programme and the steps we will take to achieve it. We will develop, if appropriate, a wider SEEP Bill for later in this Parliament, also as stated in the Programme for Government.

The outputs from the consultation on energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector will be used to inform detailed thinking on the introduction of energy efficiency standards, also an important part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme. The Scottish Government is committed to introducing energy efficiency standards in private rented housing, and this will be set out as part of the SEEP Routemap

To further our work in developing our approach under the Energy Strategy and Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme – and in line with our commitment to developing Smart, Local Energy Systems, today, we have published a further consultation on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating.

This second consultation document has been informed by responses to the consultation that closed earlier this year and looks further at more detailed proposals. The outputs from both consultations will also be used to inform policy development for the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme.