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Action to tackle climate change

Measures to stop non-biodegradable waste heading to landfill.

Plans to ban all non-household biodegradable waste from entering landfill by 2025 have been set out in the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan update.

A ban on household biodegradable waste being sent to landfill is already in place and the Climate Change Plan 2018 – 2032 commits to consulting on extending this to cover business and non-municipal waste.

The proposals are part of a package of measures aiming to reduce food waste by one third by 2025 and recycle 70% of all waste by 2025.

Key initiatives include:

  • restrictions on the supply of specified single use plastic items, which are currently being consulted on
  • a proposed charge on single use disposable beverage cups
  • legislation to increase the carrier bag minimum charge from 5p to 10p next year
  • consultations in 2021 on electronic waste tracking, a mandatory national food waste reduction target and the mandatory reporting of Scotland’s food surplus and waste by food businesses
  • the establishment of a £70 million fund to improve local authority recycling collection infrastructure

Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Our commitment to tackling the twin-crises of climate change and biodiversity loss is unwavering and is central to our green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is clear that by transitioning to a circular economy and sending less waste to landfill, we will reap both environmental and financial rewards.

“For example, research has shown that 10,000 tonnes of waste can create 296 jobs in repair and reuse or 36 jobs in recycling compared to just six jobs in landfill or one job in incineration.

“Emissions in the waste sector are currently around 1.9 megatonnes per year. We have made good progress in reducing this but we can do better.

“By taking simple steps, such as cutting down on food waste or choosing reusable rather than single use, individuals as well as manufacturers and companies, can all do our bit to move away from Scotland’s throwaway culture, help reduce our contribution to climate change and build a more circular economy.”

In line with the EU Commission’s Circular Economy Package, a consultation will look at requirements to separately collect garden waste by 2023 and textiles and hazardous elements of household waste by 2025.

In addition, extra funding will be available to double the number of landfill gas capture sites from 12 to 24 by 2025 in a bid to harness the energy generated from landfill and maximise circular economy opportunities.

Background

The  Climate Change Plan 2018 – 2032 update is available to view on the Scottish government website.

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Coronavirus Energy Social Security

Help for households facing fuel poverty

HELP FOR households facing fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic has been launched in the city.

The Fuel Well Dundee Programme will support people on a low income whether they are in or out of work, on reduced incomes as a result of Covid-19, or are already experiencing fuel poverty.

People may have heating systems or home insulation that is inadequate and causing high energy bills or are struggling with other financial or coronavirus related issues.

John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said:

“Winter is a difficult time for many people as they have some really tough financial choices to make as the temperature drops.

“This has been made so much worse this year by the effects on households of the pandemic, including reduced incomes or increased costs as a result of working from home.

“That’s why the council and its partners have created Fuel Well Dundee to discuss with people what types of support are available to help them with their specific fuel poverty needs.”

The scheme can help with top up payments of between £40 and £100 if certain criteria are met, as well as short, medium and longer-term support from fuel advisers and welfare rights advisers.

This can include other areas of financial inclusion including energy advice, a benefits check and debt advice; where appropriate, consideration of referral for Discretionary Hardship Payments or to the council’s Hardship fund; and crisis grants and community care grants advice.

Gabriel Calvert from local charity Making Dundee Home said

“The service is fast and the staff are very supportive. The money provided allows people to stay warm, cook and take care of themselves.“Hopefully the additional support provided will make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Run by Dundee City Council and SCARF (Part of the Home Energy Scotland network) the Fuel Well Dundee Programme can either be accessed directly at https://dundeecity-self.achieveservice.com/service/Fuel_Well_Dundee(link is external) or through referral by a partner organisation

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Energy Housing

Housing Standards To Cut Climate Change Emissions

Views sought on proposed rules requiring zero emissions heating systems in all new build homes.

The Scottish Government has today published a consultation asking for views on the proposed New Build Heat Standard.

The new rules would mean all new build homes must have heating that produces zero direct greenhouse gas emissions, helping to meet climate change targets.

The measures aim to ensure that heating systems in all new buildings given consent from 2024 are zero-emissions, in line with the recommendation from the UK Committee on Climate Change that this is achieved from 2025 at the latest.

The consultation sets out a range of outcomes for the standard to achieve, including ensuring new homes and non-residential buildings are affordable to heat, supporting the delivery of a continued supply of high quality homes, and offer opportunities for retraining and upskilling workers to install zero emissions heating systems.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“The pace of decarbonising Scotland’s domestic and non-domestic buildings has to increase significantly to achieve our targets on climate change. The New Build Heat Standard will be an important contribution to this to ensure emissions from heating and cooling our buildings fall close to zero.

“We want to combine the action we need to meet the challenge of the climate emergency with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes. We are seeking views from stakeholders on the most effective way to introduce this Standard to ensure it is deliverable and fit for purpose.”

Professor Lynne Sullivan OBE – A an expert in zero carbon buildings and Chair of the Good Homes Alliance, who co-chaired the New Build Heat Standard working group – said:“We recognised the priority for new buildings to achieve higher efficiency and be ready for zero emissions heating sources, in line with Scotland’s world-leading climate commitments.

“We welcome the consultation on new homes, and believe the targets are achievable with existing technologies at scale. Delivery will unlock long-term economic benefits as well as future-proof Scottish homes.”

Background

The consultation can be found via this link:  New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation – Scottish Government – Citizen Space

New Build Heat Standard Working Group

To support the development of the New Build Heat Standard, an external working group was established to provide advice and expertise to the Scottish Government – and this was instrumental during the drafting of this Scoping Consultation. The group, which features representation across a wide-variety of interests and areas, is co-chaired by respected zero carbon buildings expert, Professor Lynne Sullivan OBE.

Zero Emissions from Heat

Our Scoping Consultation sets out our proposals that any installed heating system (both in terms of a building’s main and any other fixed heating system) would produce no direct greenhouse gas emissions at the point of use. This is to regulate direct emissions that the building owner has control over: emissions from any heating systems contained within a new building.

As part of this consultation process, we are welcoming evidence on how heating technologies could be considered compliant with a ‘zero emissions’ standard.

We have set out our view that heat generated by electricity or by heat networks would produce zero direct emissions at point of use. We recognise that there are other technologies that could produce zero direct emissions, or very nearly zero direct emissions, and are seeking evidence on these. Any approach taken would be kept under review as further evidence on these technologies develops.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme

The Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme continues to support affordable housing providers who wish to install zero emissions heating systems at point of use in their homes. We are evaluating a number of current and pipeline affordable housing projects with these systems, which collectively comprise approximately 900 affordable homes, with the findings from the evaluation making an important contribution to the development of the 2024 Standard.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme

The Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme continues to support affordable housing providers who wish to install zero emissions heating systems at point of use in their homes.  We are evaluating a number of current and pipeline affordable housing projects with these systems, which collectively comprise approximately 900 affordable homes, with the findings from the evaluation making an important contribution to the development of the 2024 Standard.

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Energy

Renewable Heat Scheme for Homeowners

Support to reduce energy usage.

A new £4.5 million cashback incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes has been announced by the Scottish Government.

Homeowners will be able to apply for 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40% cashback up to £6,000 for energy efficiency measures.

This is in addition to the £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme for SMEs which opened for applications last week.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

“This new scheme is part of our ongoing work to support people to install renewable heat measures and the improve energy efficiency in homes across Scotland while we also seek to stimulate development of local supply chains.

“The Scottish Government already provides a substantial free advice and support service to Scottish households to support them to make the transition to renewable heat and improve energy efficiency in their homes.

“Through this new cashback incentive homeowners could receive up to £13,500 of Scottish Government support, helping them to improve energy efficiency in their homes, reduce energy usage and save money on their bills.

“This new scheme is part of our action to reduce emissions from heating our buildings and to support a green economic recovery from COVID-19 and I hope suitably qualified businesses are able to also pick up some valuable local work. Our wider package of work to support the recovery includes a £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme which opened to SMEs last week.”

Background

The cashback offering for owners of domestic premises is an extension of the Home Energy Scotland loan scheme which offers interest free loans for those wishing to install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Through the new offering, £4.5 million will be allocated across the new incentive to offer homeowners a 75% cash back up to £7,500 for renewable heat measures and an enhanced 40% cashback for energy efficiency measures up to £6,000. Both incentives operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of financial year 2020/21.

More information about the cashback grant scheme to encourage homeowners can be found on the  Home Energy Scotland website.

More information about the SME loan scheme cashback, which launched last week, including how to apply, is available on the  Zero Waste Scotland website.