Tackling Fuel Poverty in Scotland

In June 2018, the Scottish Government published the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. This event will examine priorities for tackling fuel poverty - from consumer protection to boosting the energy efficiency of Scotland’s domestic infrastructure.

Route Map to efficiency

In May 2018, the Scottish Government launched the Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map which lights the path to a greener, warmer and more energy efficient nation. Alongside this, £54.5m in funding was announced aimed at tackling fuel poverty and improving domestic energy efficiency.

Over a quarter of Scottish households experience fuel poverty and 7.5% are in extreme fuel poverty. With squeezed incomes and ageing, low-efficiency buildings the ability to create and maintain a warm home is simply not a reality for many.

Join us as we scrutinise priorities for the Fuel Poverty Bill and Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map - from energy efficiency programmes and retrofitting, to new energy performance regulations and good practice in addressing fuel poverty.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • The Fuel Poverty Bill
  • The new Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map
  • The impact of the route map on private and social housing
  • Drivers of fuel poverty and priorities for its elimination
  • New Energy Performance Certificates requirements
  • Effective building improvement and retrofitting
  • Alternative energy systems for improved efficiency
  • Protecting consumers to ensure good value and quality

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Chair’s Introduction

David Alexander, Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Mydex

10:00 Session 1: Fuel Poverty in Context

10:00 Rethinking Fuel Poverty as a Complex Problem: From Fabric First to Folk First

  • Reconceptualising fuel poverty as a complex problem
  • Redefining success
  • From fabric-first to folk-first solutions

Dr Keith Baker, Built Environment Asset Management (BEAM) Centre, School of Engineering and the Built Environment. Glasgow Caledonian University

10:30 Roundtable discussions and questions

11:10 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Priorities for Support

  • Drivers of fuel poverty and priorities for its elimination
  • Protecting consumers to ensure good value and quality
  • The effects of fuel poverty on different social groups
  • Focussed support for the most vulnerable

11:35 Tackling Fuel Poverty In Scotland - A Rural Perspective

  • Rural differences in housing stock
  • Energy efficiency schemes
  • The rural disadvantage

Becky Hart, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Calor

11:55 Speaking Up: Understanding Fuel Poverty Support Needs

  • Support needs of fuel poor households
  • The lived experience of fuel poverty

Craig Salter, Senior Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland

12:15 Fuel Poverty: Cause or Effect of Mental Ill Health?

  • Social Isolation
  • Impact on mental health

Stephen McLellan, Director, Recovery Across Mental Health

12:35 Questions and Discussion

12:55 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session 3: Priorities for Infrastructure

  • Effective building improvement and retrofitting
  • New Energy Performance Certificates requirements
  • Alternative energy systems for improved efficiency
  • Good practice in ensuring warm homes for all

13:30 Affordable To Heat, Low Carbon Homes For All

  • Removing poor energy performance as a driver of fuel poverty
  • Tackling all four drivers of fuel poverty
  • Examples from Scotland, UK and Europe – what we can learn
  • Fuel Poverty Bill – will it do the job?

Elizabeth Leighton, Director, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland

13:50 Ensuring Warm Homes For All - The Role of a National Scheme

  • Best practices
  • Opportunities & challenges
  • What’s next?

Ross Armstrong, Managing Director, Warmworks Scotland

14:10 The Smarter Future for Health and Communities

  • An update on the smart meter rollout
  • The role of smart meters in tackling fuel poverty
  • Opportunities coming from smart meter data

Ben Miller, Policy and Communications Manager - Scotland, Smarter Energy GB

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Summary

15.00 Event Close

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (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 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
 
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
Dates
19 September 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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