MSP welcomes energy performance certificate commitment



7 February 2019

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today welcomed a commitment by the Scottish Government to include all aspects of energy performance certificates when they launch a delayed consultation into whether targets in the Energy Efficient Scotland route map can be accelerated.

There is support for plans to bring forward the date when all homes in Scotland must have a C rating energy performance certificate from 2040 to 2030, but this consultation has already been delayed from January to March.

However, there are other aspects of the energy performance certificate system which need to be urgently addressed.

Lewis said :

“It is welcome news that Ministers plan to consult on the wider issues affecting energy performance certificates, and not just whether targets should be accelerated.

“These certificates are in desperate need of an overhaul, as they are currently based on cost alone, which fails to take into account the needs of those rural communities which are off the gas grid.

“Rural homes may be just as energy efficient as a similar-sized property in a town or city, but because they pay more for their fuel, their current energy performance certificate rating will be lower.

“I would urge Ministers to ensure that energy performance certificate ratings are based on carbon emissions, rather than cost, and I hope that there will be no further delays to this important consultation.”