The Scottish government has pledged to ensure that, by 2024, all new homes must use renewable or low-carbon heat. The commitment is included in an outline of the ruling SNP’s legislative programme for the year, entitled Protecting Scotland’s future. The manifesto is wide-ranging but has a strong focus on efforts to tackle climate change, putting the transition to net-zero emissions at the heart of the Scottish National Investment Bank’s work. There will also be a £17m fund to support the demand for ultra-low emission vehicles and an expansion of the Low Carbon Transport Loan Scheme to include electric vehicles. The Scottish government said it would seek to unlock additional resources for emissions-reducing investment through a Green Growth Accelerator combining public and private investment to transform cities and regions and would bring forward a £3 billion portfolio of projects, including renewables, waste and construction, ready for green finance investment. The legislative programme also includes pledges to: Achieve zero emissions from Highland and Islands Airports Limited’s operations, with trials set to begin on low or zero-emission flights in 2021. Reduce emissions from Scotland’s railways to zero by 2035 through the continued electrification of the network, the procurement of battery-powered trains and exploration of the potential of hydrogen-powered trains in Scotland. Support Scotland’s people to gain the skills they need to carry out this work through a Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan. The commitment to ensuring all new homes use renewable or low-carbon heat will be achieved through a “fundamental overhaul” in building regulations that will increase energy efficiency and the efficiency of construction from 2021, and will be accompanied by a £30 million investment in renewable heat projects. Lord Deben, the chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said: “We strongly welcome the bold package of measures set out today.
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