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People in Lewis and Harris next week get the chance to put their views what termed "Proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill: Consultation."

The Bill, if enacted, would enforce drastic changes in how everyone heats their homes…and businesses. 

The Western Isles Citizens Advice Service are hosting the consultation event in the Bridge Centre on Monday February 19 to further explain the proposed Bill and to feed back to the Scottish Government on public opinion.  "Please come along to learn more about this and to give your views," says WICAS. 

The meeting on the Scottish Government proposals is being held at the Bayhead Bridge Centre on Monday February 19 at 4pm.

A well-attended meeting on the same theme has already been held in Uist. 

Thew Scottish Government says: "Like many other countries, Scotland has a legal target to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions. 

"The way we heat our homes, workplaces and other buildings is the third-largest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland.

"There is no way to meet our legal obligation to reach ‘net zero’ without changing the heating systems in the vast majority of our buildings.

"The purpose of this consultation is to make you aware of our proposal to make new laws around the heating systems that can be used in homes and places of work, and to invite your views on those proposals."

ScotGov say they plan to:

  • reconfirm that the use of polluting heating systems will be prohibited after 2045; and
  • as a pathway to 2045, require those purchasing a home or business premises to end their use of polluting heating systems within a fixed period following completion of the sale
  • introduce a new law that will require homeowners to make sure that their homes meet a reasonable minimum energy efficiency standard by 2033
  • require private landlords to meet this minimum energy efficiency standard by 2028

The consultation describes proposals for how home owners and landlords can meet this standard – either through installing a number of simple insulation and draught-proofing measures, where those are possible, or by meeting a certain level of heat demand.