McMillan welcomes plans to improve energy efficiency of public sector buildings

A major programme to make public sector buildings more energy efficient gets underway as twelve suppliers have been appointed to a procurement framework to deliver energy efficiency retrofit works and services.

The suppliers will ensure buildings are fitted with modern, efficient technology that supports the Scottish Government’s ambition on energy demand reduction and tackling climate change.

All Scottish public sector organisations, registered social landlords and third sector will be able to access the scheme.

The Framework will cover retrofit to public sector buildings and grounds, including a combination of building fabric, building environmental services systems and their control (e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, water etc.) and local energy generation (including combined heat and power systems and district heating systems).

The scale of the retrofit opportunity across the Scotland is estimated to be £300 million, with associated savings to public sector energy bills of up to £30m per year.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“This scheme could transform our public sector buildings and has the potential to save taxpayers millions of pounds.

“Improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s buildings is a National Infrastructure Priority, and this is a significant step forward in the drive to cut energy and maintenance costs and reduce carbon emissions.”

Energy minister Fergus Ewing added:

“These projects pay for themselves as energy savings will, over time, pay for the installation costs and will also deliver a variety of wider community benefit including employment opportunities and business growth opportunities for the Scottish supply chain.”

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