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Local heat & energy efficiency strategy (LHEES) and delivery plan

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The Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy is an important document for Fife. It will help Fife tackle the climate emergency and meet net zero. The strategy and delivery plan set out an approach for where we live, to improve buildings’ energy efficiency and change to climate friendly heating.

Our strategy

Increasing energy efficiency and decarbonised heat for all buildings in Scotland is a core part of the energy transition to net zero and tackling the climate emergency. The Scottish Government are keen to support sectors improve their building stock and have introduced several national targets.

The Government asked Councils to strategically plan opportunities and actions to help building owners transition buildings to meet these targets and have net zero emissions. To support this, all Scottish Councils are required to publish a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) and 5-year Delivery Plan by 31st December 2023.

The Strategy is at the heart of a place based, locally led, and tailored approach to the heat transition. It underpins an area-based approach to heat and energy efficiency planning and delivery. For Fife, the Strategy was developed in partnership with key stakeholders, and:

  • provides a long-term, flexible strategy, and iterative delivery plan to decarbonise heat and improve energy efficiency, considering wider priorities and targets.
  • details how segments of building stock must change to meet national and local targets,
  • identifies opportunities for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency, and
  • uses an optioneering process to prioritise actions.

The strategy will play a crucial role in helping the Council meet its 2045 Net Zero target, and help Fife be climate friendly, climate ready, and climate just by 2045.

Call to Action

Making buildings greener and more environmentally friendly will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet national targets.

To achieve this means everyone in Fife will need to do their part to reduce greenhouse gases from buildings and improve energy efficiency. The Council, businesses, organisations, communities, and householders will all need to work together to act.

Vision, Priorities & Outcomes

Fife Council supports the Heat in Buildings Strategy vision “that by 2045 our homes and buildings are cleaner, greener, and easy to heat, and no longer contributing to climate change, as part of the wider just transition to net zero”.

The vision for Fife’s first Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy is to:

Provide a focus for Fife to improve the energy efficiency and decarbonise heat sources of buildings in a climate friendly, ready, and just manner to meet targets.

Eight priorities form the basis of this strategy and delivery plan. These help ensure this strategy improves energy efficiency and decarbonises heat of buildings, and other important considerations such as fuel poverty and community wealth building. It is critical each priority is not viewed in isolation. All priorities are equally reliant on each other to drive forward change and the order below does not signify level of importance.

Our Priorities

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