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					                                                              R&SD Executive Group Item 5.1

                   Energy Efficiency Action Plan – COSLA Starter Response


Purpose
1.  To inform members of the ongoing Energy Efficiency Action Plan Consultation and agree
    an initial COSLA response.

Recommendations
2.   The Executive Group is invited to:
      i.  Note the consultation and workshop session;
     ii.  Discuss and note COSLA’s draft starter response; and
    iii.  agree to this being worked up further before final comments are invited and the
          final draft is signed off by COSLA’s Spokesperson on Regeneration and
          Sustainable Development .

Background
3.  Members will recall the short presentation from Alexandra Stein and Suzanne LeMiere of
    the Scottish Government at our last Executive Group. They outlined the then upcoming
    Energy Efficiency Action Plan Consultation which is now open.

4.    The consultation document and the ensuing action plans will be the first documents
      which form the roll out of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. In the Act the
      Scottish Government has committed itself to producing a Scottish Energy Efficiency
      Plan, not dissimilar in focus to the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans required
      through EU legislation. The UK action plan was produced in 2007, by DEFRA. The
      Scottish Government consultation runs until the 5th January 2010 and it is expected that
      the action plan will not be finalised until after the UK Climate Change Committee has
      considered the Scottish Government request for advice on the 2020 emissions target for
      Scotland. This will only happen after the Copenhagen meeting in December intended to
      replace the Kyoto agreement.

5.    The action plan itself is intended to provide a stocktake of where we are. More
      specifically it is to:
          review the effectiveness of Government actions taken to date on energy efficiency
           and microgeneration’
          gather and analyse evidence on the future direction of energy efficiency and
           microgeneration policy and delivery.
          review Scottish specific research to ascertain the potential in Scotland and to help
           inform future policy developments,
          hear their ideas and options for current and future energy efficiency and
           microgeneration support to domestic, business and public sectors,
          ensure that ongoing policy is realistic, well informed and achievable, and
          ensure that a robust evidence based energy efficiency action plan is developed
           that has widespread support.


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The Consultation Document
6.   The consultation paper is wide ranging. It is 210 pages long and includes 73
     consultation questions. Because of its stocktake nature it cuts across and repeats some
     of the Government's commitments in the climate change delivery plan, the upcoming
     public engagement strategy, provisions around the energy efficiency of buildings, the
     home insulation strategy, the renewables strategy, electric vehicles strategy and the
     national waste management plan. The draft plan, in covering transport policy amongst
     others, also revisits existing Scottish Government policy and seeks to update it in the
     light of the need to meet the emissions targets included in the Act. The full document
     can be found at the following link:
     http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/10/07160816/0

7.    Because energy efficiency is a cross cutting matter, this will be one of the issues that
      requires a lead to be taken by this Executive Group with a close working arrangement
      with the Community Well-being and Safety Executive Group.

8.    While not new, the paper makes clear that a prime issue in meeting the greenhouse gas
      reduction targets is the pairing of a reduction of energy use and the decarbonisation of
      energy production. The action plan is likely to envisage considerable changes to the
      way in which energy is used, which in its turn will require considerable further investment
      by society in general. To member councils the concerns that currently exist in arriving at
      any figures for the amount of investment likely to be required, and where it will come
      from will are not assuaged by the draft plan. It is clear that with uncertainties about
      technology, who will have lead roles, how (and the extent to which) the money from the
      taxation of carbon will be used to reduce emissions, there are considerable gaps in the
      consultation document.

Starter COSLA Response
9.   A starter COSLA response is attached for approval. Discussion around its content
     would be helpful at this stage. The intention would be to work this up further as a result
     of the workshop / seminar to take place on 1st December from 10:30 to 15:00. We have
     not sought to answer all 73 of the consultations questions but rather to point to some of
     the broader issues of concern including:
          Leadership and Resourcing
          Regulation and Enforcement
          Public Engagement

10.   We have already expressed to Scottish Government officers and Housing Minister Alex
      Neil (through Cllr Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson for Community Well-being and
      Safety), that we think better co-ordination of work is needed across the various policy
      areas that make up the governments response to energy efficiency and climate change.
      We did not think this consultation was the most strategic or desirable way to approach
      these issues but we have attempted to respond as best we can and to highlight some of
      the issues of concern for local government.

Conclusion
11. Members are asked to note the ongoing consultation and agree the attached starter
    COSLA response.


Kristen Miller                                   0131 474 9247
Policy Officer                                   kristen@cosla.gov.uk


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