The scale of the retrofit opportunity across the Scotland is estimated to be £300 million, with associated savings to public sector energy bills of up to £30 million per year.
The national non-domestic energy efficiency framework will cover retrofit to public sector buildings and grounds, including a combination of building fabric, building environmental services systems and their control (e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, water etc.) and local energy generation (including combined heat and power systems and district heating systems).
The Scottish Government have said that the benefits to the approach include:
- Economies of scale and standardised approach
- Facilitation of private sector financed work
- Major carbon reduction and energy/bill savings
- Potential to reduce Carbon Reduction Commitments (CRC) for public sector bodies
In summer 2015 the Scottish Government made improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s buildings a National Infrastructure Priority.
Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:
“This scheme could transform our public sector buildings and has the potential to save taxpayers millions of pounds.
“These projects pay for themselves as energy savings will, over time, pay for the installation costs and will also deliver a variety of wider community benefit including employment opportunities and business growth opportunities for the Scottish supply chain.”