Scotland’s Heat in Buildings

Our homes and workplaces account for around a fifth of Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing emissions from our buildings is one of the most important ways we can end Scotland’s contribution to climate change.

Published in October 2021, the Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy sets the direction for heat in buildings. We have set legally binding targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets requiring a 75% reduction by 2030, and 90% by 2040.

We must rapidly scale up deployment of zero emissions heating systems so that by 2030 over 1 million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings are converted to zero emission heat. The Strategy has committed £1.8 billion (2021-2026) to support this transition of our buildings, through schemes such as Scotland’s Heat Network Fund, Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund, Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme and Warmer Homes Scotland.