Through this project we work with Scottish central and local governments on the development of Energy Efficient Scotland.

Our research asks what can be learnt from the experiences of 25 pilot projects led by local authorities across Scotland to support delivery of Scotland’s Climate Change targets for 2020 and 2050

The project, led by Prof. Jan Webb and Dr. Faye Wade, is funded through Scottish ClimateXChange​We also work closely with Energy Savings Trust, who are leading on technical monitoring of the pilot projects. Dr. Ruth Bush worked on the project until mid-2018.

External wall insulation fitted to the backs of tenement flats in Glasgow
External wall insulation fitted to the backs of tenement flats in Glasgow

About Energy Efficient Scotland

In 2015, Scottish politicians designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, with plans to improve the standards of thermal comfort in every building in the country – commercial, public and residential – and to reduce the need for heating. At the same time, Scotland’s climate change plans mean an end to the use of fossil fuels, including methane gas, for heating.

Energy Efficient Scotland, formerly known as Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), is the ‘cornerstone’ of Government policy for reducing the need for energy and decarbonising heat supply in the residential and service sectors.

Research aims

Working in close cooperation with Scottish central and local governments, this project considers aspects of the pilot projects’ governance, management, partnership structures, and resulting behavioural impacts. It will analyse the effectiveness of the chosen delivery approaches in terms of their replicability and scalability given the diverse geography and socio-economic circumstances of Scotland’s communities, and the challenges of regulation and standards, skills and supply chains.

We aim to generate relevant lessons to inform the work of both Scottish Government and local authorities.

The evaluation is informed by a mix of quantitative and qualitative data. This includes technical monitoring data of energy consumption, temperatures, and humidity in the buildings targeted by the local programmes. Social and organisational data is also being collected, including surveys with building occupants and in-depth interviews with key delivery actors. The data follows the progress of the projects from pre-installation of measures through to post-installation.

Energy Efficient Scotland Programme – Pilot evaluation

Energy Efficient Scotland – Phase 1 pilots evaluation final report
Funding for Local Authority-led energy retrofitting pilot projects, designed to inform development of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme, was announced in 2016. This report evaluates the first phase of projects.

Dr Ruth Bush, Professor David McCrone, Professor Jan Webb, James Wakelin, Leyla Usmani, Debbie Sagar ( 2018 )

Report

EES Phase 1 & 2 Event October 2018 All Presentations

( 2018 )

Presentation

Advice for domestic survey collection & monitoring

Ruth Bush ( 2018 )

Response to Scottish Government’s “Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient”

Faye Wade, Ruth Bush and Janette Webb ( 2018 )

Consultation response

Scottish policy for energy efficiency and buildings workshop – June 2018 – all slides

( 2018 )

Presentation

Scottish Government consultation response: Energy Strategy – Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) National infrastructure priority for energy efficiency

Ruth Bush, David Hawkey, Niall Kerr, Margaret Tingey, Faye Wade and Janette Webb ( 2017 )

Consultation response

Workshop on Scottish policy for energy efficiency and buildings June 2018

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Evaluation –  Kick-off local authority workshop

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Evaluation – Kick-off local authority workshop February 2017

University of Edinburgh

Energy Efficient Scotland pilots: experiences and lessons from Phase 1 and 2

Energy Efficient Scotland pilots: experiences and lessons from Phase 1 and 2 October 2018

Energy Efficient Scotland pilots: experiences and lessons from Phase 1 and 2

Energy Efficient Scotland pilots: experiences and lessons from Phase 1 and 2 October 2018

Workshop on Scottish policy for energy efficiency and buildings June 2018

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Evaluation –  Kick-off local authority workshop

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Evaluation – Kick-off local authority workshop February 2017

University of Edinburgh