Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Urged to Prioritise Energy

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Urged to Prioritise Energy

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The Scottish Government and public sector bodies have been told to show stronger leadership on energy efficiency and give it greater priority at a time of soaring prices.

In a report published on December 1 1, Audit Scotland said such leadership would ensure the development and implementation of good energy strategies and bring changes to culture and behaviour.

The report Improving energy efficiency, examined how councils, the NHS and central government bodies are improving energy efficiency in their building and transport use.

It said that the Scottish Government had established two greenhouse gas emissions targets to which all public bodies were expected to contribute. These required a cut in emissions before 201 1 and a reduction of 80% by 2050.

The report added: 'There is a need for stronger leadership by the Scottish Government and within public bodies to improve energy efficiency and ensure that the necessary cultural and behavioural changes are made'

The watchdog said energy efficiency strategies were inconsistent in quality. …

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