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SDC Scotland welcomes long-awaited Energy Efficiency Action Plan

6 October 2010

The Energy Efficiency Action Plan published by the Scottish Government today (Wednesday 6th October) has a comprehensive approach to reducing energy use in Scottish homes, businesses and transport sector. Despite a range of proposals the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland is still concerned that transport and planning policy is failing to deliver sustainable, low carbon communities.

Professor Jan Bebbington, Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, Scotland, said:
‘The plan shows that the Scottish Government is taking a wide perspective and will use a range of measures to reduce Scotland’s energy needs. This approach is vital for creating a prosperous low carbon Scotland. The Energy Efficiency Action Plan also provides the basis for addressing some of the sustainable development challenges in Scotland – overcoming poor housing, fuel poverty and fostering social inclusion. This approach is also vital to delivering a sustainable economy.’

‘We need incentives to facilitate rapid changes in infrastructure and behaviour right across society. The scale of the climate change challenge is such that we need to change the entire basis of our economy and the energy action plan provides a starting point for that.’

» SDC Scotland submission to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

» Read the The Scottish Government Energy Efficiency Action Plan

» Read more about SDC report on ‘The Future is Local: Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods’ on the cost savings and wider benefits of taking a neighbourhood approach to the challenges of energy efficiency, local transport and green space.


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