Improving Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Buildings

Energy efficiency is a National Infrastructure Priority and significant amounts of funding are being invested into improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s building stock.

The context 

The Scottish Government’s new energy strategy re-affirms the commitment to improving energy efficiency, with plans to set a proposed new target of 30% for 2030. It also sets out plans to review the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 with the intention of further regulations from 2020 to improve the performance of existing non-domestic buildings.

The event

Receive an up-date briefing on current and future policy and legislative developments for improving the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings in Scotland before examining next steps and gaining insights from emerging examples of good practice.

Key issues to be addressed

  • The Scottish Government's Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland
  • Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP): progress and next steps in improving the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings 
  • Funding and support streams to drive commercial and public sector energy efficiency retrofit
  • The Energy Company Obligation and the role of energy companies in driving forward greater efficiency
  • Utilising new technologies for improving energy efficiency 
  • The role for regulation in the development of energy efficiency strategies as a part of SEEP
  • Achieving zero-carbon buildings
  • Cost savings through improved energy efficiency
  • Encouraging behavioural change as a part of efforts to drive improvements in efficiency
  • Good practice and learning from examples of success


09:15  Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Introduction from the Chair

Dr Gillian Menzies, Associate Professor of Environment and Climate Change, Heriot Watt University and Director of Institute, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Design

10:10  Session 1: Policy Context and Overview

10:15 Accelerating the Delivery of Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Supply

Looking at ways we can:

  • Integrate energy efficiency within wider estates strategies
  • Accelerate the delivery of low carbon projects
  • Make the sector more commercial and draw upon private sector expertise and finance

Stephen Vere, Senior Associate Director- Low Carbon, Scottish Futures Trust

10:40 Questions and Discussion

11:00 Networking and Refreshments 

11:30 Session 2: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency 

11:30 Supporting Scotland’s Public Sector to Deliver Energy Efficiency At Scale

  • Carbon management and the business case for energy efficiency
  • Unlocking the benefits of energy efficiency through Energy Performance Contracts
  • Scotland’s Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework and its Project Support Unit, funded by Scottish Government

Paul Wedgwood, Associate Director & Head of Programmes, Scotland, The Carbon Trust

11:55 Does Energy Efficiency Deliver Wider Macroeconomic Benefits?

  • Energy efficiency may deliver benefits across the wider economy
  • It may improve household incomes and/or the competitiveness of production sectors
  • However, the outcome depends on how efficiency improves and in what type of economic activity

Professor Karen Turner, Director of The Centre For Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute

12:20 Questions and discussion

12:40  Networking Lunch 

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice

13:30 How Energy Efficiency Can Hinge on Behaviour Change

  • The potential for good (and bad!) of employee behaviours
  • The policy context of behaviour change
  • Considering and shaping habits that support energy efficiency

Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks

13:55 Aberdeenshire Sustainable Community Halls Initiative, Key Challenges and Lessons Learned

  • Around 200 rural village halls in Aberdeenshire
  • Many were built in 19th century
  • Challenges to make them fit for 21st century use
  • Challenges in how we fund this

Eric Wells, Sustainable Development Officer (Climate Change), Aberdeenshire Council

14:20  Questions and Discussion

14:45 Chair’s closing remarks

15:00  Close of Event 

*Agenda subject to change


The Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh | Map 


Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

5 December 2017



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