We are delivering and managing net zero infrastructure and finance programmes that support Scottish Government’s National Infrastructure Mission to drive inclusive economic growth and build resilient places.
We support the Scottish Government, the public sector and others so that our built environment will meet the ambitions of Scotland’s world-leading climate change commitments as set out in the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.
Buildings in Scotland - whether domestic, public, commercial or industrial – must undergo significant change to become part of a net zero economy by 2045 and, in many cases, improvements will be required well in advance of this date.
We are working with others to plan for and act upon the Heat in Buildings Strategy’s phased targets for the public sector estate, with even the most complex and challenging buildings having to be decarbonised by 2038.
The application of net zero direct emission heating, alongside the energy efficiency measures needed to improve the performance of our building stock will be a huge undertaking. The Non Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework has been in place since 2016 to support public bodies to kickstart their journeys to net zero and we are working with Scottish Government to expedite further initiatives like the £200 million Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Scheme, the Green Growth Accelerator and others to help accelerate this process.
Our Net Zero Buildings Team leads and contributes to many of SFT’s activities in this space, but the decarbonisation of buildings is something that cuts right across SFT’s work and engages all of our teams.
An initiative like the Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard is clearly relevant here. It has been developed with strong collaboration from other strands of SFT’s workstreams, such as that on Asset Strategy and the Place Principle, which are focused on achieving net zero alongside the other ambitions and co-benefits set out for Scottish infrastructure by the Infrastructure Investment Plan and the Just Transition Commission.
We have an impressive track record in this space and our contributions to successful initiatives such as the Street Lighting Programme and Toolkit and the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme show how our unique mixture of skills and experience can help Scotland decarbonise its buildings in a way that enhances our economy, our places and our society.