New rules are to be introduced to ensure all new homes built in Scotland use renewable or low-carbon heating. The regulations, being introduced by the Scottish government from 2024, are part of plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable and low-carbon systems will also be phased in for new non-domestic buildings from 2024. Low-carbon heating is often used to refer to systems that use heat pumps or other alternatives to gas boilers. The project will run alongside a £30m investment in renewable heat projects. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said the change was part of Scotland’s plans to tackle climate change and reach a “net zero” emissions target by 2045. To achieve net zero, emissions of greenhouse gasses such as CO2 will have to be avoided completely or offset by initiatives such as tree planting which can soak up CO2 from the atmosphere.
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