A new report has suggested that the Scottish government could at risk of falling short in its aim of eradicating fuel poverty unless it significantly increases spending.
According to research from WWF Scotland, the Holyrood administration will need to spend £6.3bn in order to meet its fuel poverty target - 10 times more than current spending levels. The study also warned that £4.6bn will be needed to meet carbon emissions reduction goals.
“Without a dramatic increase in investment to make our homes more energy efficient, Scotland’s climate and fuel poverty targets are at risk,” said WWF Scotland senior policy officer Elizabeth Leighton. “Indeed, rising emissions from homes was a contributory factor to the Scottish government missing its first climate change target earlier this year.”
According to official figures released this summer, Scotland fell short of the first annual target set by the 2009 Climate Change Act, which aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
Earlier this week, a report from consumer campaigning group Which? warned that rising fuel bills were among the main money worries facing UK households.