Scotland needs to double public spending on home energy efficiency to £250 million a year if it is to meet climate crisis targets. That is the conclusion of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as it warns the country is moving too slowly to wean itself from planet-destroying gas boilers. The campaign group reckons Scotland needs to double its current level of energy efficiency updates to 80,000 a year. Heating accounts for half of Scotland’s energy use – and most of that is powered by fossil fuels. A spokesperson for WWF Scotland said: “If current rates of energy efficiency and clean heating are not improved, Scotland will either be stuck burning large amounts of damaging fossil fuels in 2045, or will risk a disruptive, rushed and costly exercise to rapidly retrofit clean heating systems in the 2030s.” The group hired Vivid Economics to calculate how much work needs to get done for Scotland to achieve zero-net carbon by 2045. The economists worked out that, on average, 70,000 homes per year will need to have a renewable heating system installed annually between now and 2050. That compares with between 1,000 and 2,000 homes per year currently. The WWF research echoes work done for ScottishPower, which said that some £16 billion will have to be spent by 2045 replacing two million gas boilers with electric heat pumps.
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