Warm Homes Bill opportunity for district heating systems

Mark Ruskell, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, today (31 May) welcomed the call from the third sector, renewables firms and academics for action on district heating schemes.

The groups, including WWF Scotland, say a Warm Homes Act delivering clean, affordable heat must be a priority for the new Scottish Government.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“We must take the opportunity of a Warm Homes Bill to deliver affordable, renewable heat for homes and workplaces. District heating systems are commonplace in other European countries, and Scottish Ministers would do well to target capital investment at such schemes. 

“Scotland needs to catch up quickly if we’re to meet our ambitions for a low-carbon society, tackle fuel poverty and create high quality jobs. Legislating for renewable heat networks goes hand in hand with the need to invest in energy efficient housing so that we reduce demand for heat and electricity in the first place.”