New business plan urges focus on a net zero built environment
The plan for 2023/24 appeals to all involved in new-build and refurbishment projects to increase efforts to decarbonise the public sector estate by adopting the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard developed and supported by our team of experts.
It also prioritises place-based projects, and sets out a goal of unlocking greater private sector investment into EV charging infrastructure and heat networks.
SFT’s chief executive, Peter Reekie said:
The new business plan outlines SFT’s key activities for the year ahead, which include:
- Working with Transport Scotland, public bodies and the private sector to accelerate the roll out of more EV charge points to support public charging and public sector fleet charging
- Working with local authorities and delivery partners to support the design, technical development and delivery of the Learning Estate Investment Programme, which is providing new and redeveloped, energy-efficient learning environments across Scotland
- Continuing to support housing partners to develop new approaches for the delivery of affordable homes, focussing on the increased use of off-site construction and exploring opportunities for modern methods of construction in other sectors
- Providing support to the deployment of heat networks in Scotland via the Heat Networks Support Unit, input on regulation to implement the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021 and the development of delivery models
- Supporting at least three strategic initiatives that strengthen places and contribute to local and national economic growth
Mr Reekie added: