Go­ing down the Dan­ish route

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Lib­eral Democrats aim to elim­i­nate fuel poverty with a ma­jor man­i­festo com­mit­ment to a new Warm Homes Act.

This fol­lows the Dan­ish ex­pe­ri­ence of an on­go­ing tar­geted plan to elim­i­nate fuel poverty– im­proved en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of build­ings, district heat­ing schemes and re­new­able heat.

In Ruther­glen, the new houses in Fern­hill and Cathkin and the re­cladding of the square blocks pro­duced warmer homes and re­duced costs for fam­i­lies. This should be­come the norm.

The im­me­di­ate steps in­clude in­tro­duc­ing tighter build­ing stan­dards for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, mak­ing sure all newly-let prop­er­ties achieve en­ergy rat­ing C, and pro­vid­ing grants from the Scot­tish govern­ment and the en­ergy com­pa­nies for home own­ers and sit­ting ten­ants to make their homes warmer.

Coun­cils should de­velop mu­nic­i­pal en­ergy strate­gies pro­vid­ing their own re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion, us­ing their eco­nomic“clout”to se­cure low tar­iffs for peo­ple in fuel poverty and es­tab­lish­ing “catch up zones”in ar­eas of par­tic­u­lar pres­sure.

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