Scotland’s Greenhouse Gas Targets
For the second year in a row, Scotland has failed to reach its ambitious annual greenhouse gas targets.
While the failure in 2010 was blamed on the effects of an exceptionally cold winter, the latest figures are being justified by “methodological changes and new data” which made the 2011 targets harder to achieve.
It wasn’t all bad news however. The figures showed that Scotland’s total figures from the period 1990 to 2011 remained the best Europe, with a near 30% cut in emissions.
Overall, the Scottish Government is aiming to lead Europe in terms of carbon reduction by cutting emissions by 42% by 2020. This includes a series of annual emission reduction targets that are currently legislated from 2010 to 2027.
The revision of previous carbon data found that previous CO2 emissions had been underestimated and, according to some, that means emissions would effectively have to be cut by 44% to reach the original target. The latest figures estimate emissions to be 9.9% less than 2010.
With around 40% of carbon emissions coming from transport and housing, this is set to result in a tightening of energy regulations in the coming years for Scottish properties.
As we blogged about recently, a series of new EPC revisions in Scotland hinted at a stricter approach for both commercial and domestic properties. These included the need for EPC information to be displayed on all property advertisements, stricter guidelines for public authority buildings and a requirement to include detailed information on the cost effectiveness of recommendations made by the EPC.
As things stand, in England and Wales, any property which fails to reach an EPC rating of at least ‘E’ by April 2018 will face sustainable obsolescence – unable to be rented.
These latest figures give further substance to the belief that Scotland is likely to introduce even stricter guidelines and property owners are being advised to assess their stocks and investigate appropriate funding mechanisms sooner rather than later. It is expected that such legislation will come into force in 2015.
If you are interested in knowing the direction you should move in in terms of protecting your property’s future, we recommend undertaking a quick, inexpensive and non-invasive thermographic survey.
By allowing an experienced, third party thermographer to photograph your building you will be provided with visual evidence of the problem areas that are losing excessive amounts of heat. IRT’s patented Envision takes this a stage further by quantifying the energy loss in monetary terms, allowing you to see precisely how much money your building is costing you.
Once this information is in hand, property owners are empowered to prioritise refurbishment programs with concrete ROI on refurbishments.
If this is something that interests you then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have already helped thousands of properties across the world secure their future by providing completely impartial advice on the best course of action to take.
With Scotland looking to lead the way in terms of carbon production, there really is no time like the present for property owners to familiarise themselves with the route they must take.