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SNP Government should lead by example on energy efficiency

December 27, 2011 12:01 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has revealed that six of the Scottish Government's buildings received the two worst possible Energy Performance certificate ratings. Meanwhile, none of the buildings managed to get the top energy performance certificates

Liam McArthur MSPLiam McArthur MSPThe certificate provides 'A' to 'G' ratings for the building, with 'A' being the most energy efficient and 'G' being the least. In response to parliamentary questions lodged by Mr McArthur, Ministers have also revealed that only 4.5% of Scottish Government buildings have microgeneration technologies installed

Commenting on the findings Mr McArthur said:

"These figures show that the Government has failed to get a grip of energy efficiency in its own buildings. They talk the talk on energy efficiency but aren't doing enough to walk the walk.

"It's disappointing that none of the Government's larger buildings achieve a top rating energy certificate. It's nothing short of scandalous, however, that most of the buildings received the two lowest rated certificates.

"This is not the first time Ministers have been warned about their poor performance on this issue. Despite that, these ratings have hardly changed in over a year. This is not good enough and sends entirely the wrong message to households and businesses about the importance of taking energy efficiency seriously.

"Likewise, for all its rhetoric about the role that micro renewables can play in helping cut emissions and costs, SNP Ministers seem unwilling to take their own advice. Only 4.5% of the government's own buildings have this type of technology installed.

"We have already heard that the Scottish Government estate has been ranked 1,153 in the league table of major organisations in the UK in terms of energy-efficiency.

"Householders and businesses across Scotland are less likely to listen to lectures from an SNP Government whose own buildings fail to make the grade.

"Better insulation, efficient central heating and smart meters can dramatically cut fuel bills, which in this case would save the taxpayer money in addition to supporting our environment.

"The Government needs to get serious about energy efficiency and lead by example