Energy efficiency in Scotland gets a boost with £11m funding to improve buildings

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Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme has been given £11m more funding as it moves into the second wave of the scheme

Councils across Scotland will be able to claim a slice of £11m funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes, public buildings and businesses.

The second phase of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) will help local authorities test innovative approaches to energy efficiency.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the second phase, stating: “This unprecedented large-scale, long-term programme will make our homes warmer and places of work more comfortable.

“It will also drive down energy bills and help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.

“The second round of SEEP pilot funding will support local authorities to develop projects that build on the successful work we have already carried out and ensure Scotland leads the way in energy efficiency.

She added: “Since 2008 over one million energy efficiency measures have been delivered to almost one million Scottish households.

“We have already invested more than £650 million since 2009 – and are committed to making another £0.5 billion available over the next four years – to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency across Scotland.”

Glasgow’s grants make a difference to energy efficiency

Glasgow City Council was one of the local authorities to receive funding. A SEEP grant of £600,000 was given to the city council to carry out projects relating to domestic and non-domestic projects.

Among the projects to be awarded a grant was Silverdale Nursery in Dalmarnock, which was given more than £60,000 last June. This was used to connect the building to the energy centre built as part of the Commonwealth Games Village.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety said: “This is the third new nursery to be built in Glasgow as part of the council’s £255 million 4Rs estate strategy to replace or refurbish nurseries and primaries in Glasgow.

“We welcome the additional £60,000 SEEP funding as part of the overall £4.2million building costs. The SEEP funding will be managed by the council’s Affordable Warmth Team.”

SEEP is currently under consultation. It is expected the programme will be fully rolled out in 2018.

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