SCC Network – Scottish Government Consultation on Delivering net zero for Scotland’s buildings – Heat in Buildings Bill

Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce is keen to hear views of Chamber Members on the Scottish Government’s ‘Heat in Buildings Bill’ proposal.

In relation to The Climate Change (Emissions Reductions Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, Scotland is required to reach net zero by 2045, as well as to achieve a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 90% reduction in emissions by 2040. The Scottish Government states that the third largest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland are produced by the way we heat our homes, workplaces and other buildings, through “direct emissions heating systems” (such as gas and oil boilers).

To meet their legal obligations, the Scottish Government proposes to introduce legislation which will require all homeowners and businesses to transition to zero emissions heating systems by 2045. The prohibition on polluting heating systems will only apply to the main heating system of a property.


Specifically, the consultation proposes that new laws will be established to confirm that the Scottish Government will:

  • Reconfirm that the use of polluting heating systems will be prohibited after 2045
  • As a pathway to 2045, require those purchasing a home or business premises to end their use of polluting heating systems within a fixed period following completion of the sale
  • Introduce a new law that will require homeowners to make sure that their homes meet a reasonable minimum energy efficiency standard by 2033 (will NOT apply to non-domestic buildings)
  • Private landlords will be required to meet the minimum energy efficiency standard by 2028


The Scottish Government estimate that around 49% of non-domestic buildings are using polluting heating systems at present. This will clearly have a significant impact on the majority of small businesses in Scotland if introduced.

Our response will focus on how the consultation proposes to support businesses to make the regulatory changes and whether the needs of business have been properly considered, alongside any other additional issues shared by the Chamber Network.


We are keen to hear views from members on these proposals to feed into our consultation response.

Please find attached the consultation document and questionnaire, which we would appreciate input on from members if you are able to share views with us.


Response – A consultation on proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill

Individual responses to the consultation are also encouraged and info on that can be found here.


The deadline to submit views is 8th March 2024.


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