Public consultation launched on energy efficiency of all buildings in the Borders

Monday January 29th 2024

Channel St Galashiels

Channel St Galashiels. The strategy does not only cover the council-owned buildings but rather an area-wide approach relevant to all property owners and occupiers in the Scottish Borders.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A public consultation has been launched as part of a bid to make buildings across the Borders more energy efficient.

A draft Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) sets out the necessary changes needed in buildings to meet national and local objectives, including achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions and the removal of poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty.

Additionally, the draft strategy seeks to identify key areas for heat decarbonisation zones, setting out measures to reduce building emissions in each zone.

The accompanying delivery plan will set out the actions, initiatives, and programmes to support the implementation of the strategy between 2024 and 2029.

Councillor Jenny Linehan, SBC’s executive member for Environment and Transport said: “The LHEES will be crucial in helping us meet national targets of reaching net zero emissions by 2045 and eliminating fuel poverty by 2040.

“The draft strategy presents our vision to increase the energy efficiency of local homes and buildings, offering affordable warmth with more decarbonised heat sources and in turn reducing our contributions to climate change.

“All buildings are covered within the plan and therefore this affects all residents throughout the region. It is important that local communities and stakeholders can have their say on the priorities outlined and how the actions will help to address issues and meet local needs.

“We are asking for everyone to take a few minutes and share their thoughts on the draft strategy and delivery plan, ensuring the priorities and actions proposed achieve the best outcome.”

To take part in the consultation and to find further information on the draft LHEES CLICK HERE.

Those wishing to have their say have until Friday 8th March.

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