The Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy

The Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) is at the heart of a place based, locally led and tailored approach to heat transition. Through LHEES, the Scottish Government aims to drive area based planning and delivery of the heat transition, supporting the achievement of statutory emissions reduction targets and facilitating the delivery of Net Zero commitments.

We have a statutory requirement to prepare the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy and Delivery Plan under the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (Scotland) Order 2022.

The development and implementation of LHEES will establish a framework for heat decarbonisation in both public and private buildings, reduce energy demand, tackle fuel poverty, and contribute to Net Zero targets. It will do this by identifying area based solutions and, for instance, indicative zones for developing heat networks whilst supporting local infrastructure planning and attracting investment at scale to support Scotland’s transition to Net Zero by 2045.

The scope of our LHEES is to:

  • focus on energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation to identify opportunities for the domestic and non-domestic stock and set out how each segment of a building needs to change to meet local and national objectives, including Net Zero and energy efficiency to reduce fuel poverty
  • identify potential heat decarbonisation zones
  • identify key areas for the first iteration of LHEES to deliver against local and national priorities
  • act as a prospectus for where government funding and private investment for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency should be targeted

We are working with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement the first iteration of LHEES.

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