On behalf of Consumer Focus Scotland, CAG reviewed area-based energy efficiency projects in Scotland. The research highlights the key role that area-based projects can play in improving consumer take-up of energy efficiency services but makes it clear that, if targets for climate change and fuel poverty are to be met, such schemes will need to cover a far larger number of households, achieve significantly higher take-up rates of the measures offered and incorporate a far wider range of measures.
The report makes recommendations to ensure that as further projects of this kind are developed, their design reflects experience, learning and good practice from existing projects. The publication of the report is particularly timely as the Scottish Government embarks on a new area-based programme, the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, with £10 million funding enabling free energy efficiency measures to be offered to around 90,000 households. The report’s findings will help inform those involved in the implementation of this new programme.