SFHA welcomes additional £4M for development of district heating networks
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the additional £4 million announced by the Scottish Government for the development of district heating networks in Scotland. This takes the funding for the next two years to £10.5 million. (1)
David Stewart, SFHA Policy Manager, said:
"While housing associations and co-operatives provide the most energy efficient housing by tenure in Scotland (2), fuel poverty remains a very serious issue for social landlords and their tenants. District heating has an important role to play in cutting energy bills and in reducing carbon emissions by providing a more affordable and efficient way to distribute heat.
“While a number of schemes have been developed by housing associations, including Cube and West Highland, with more in the pipeline, district heating is a relatively new and unusual technology in Scotland.
“Social landlords need support if they are to play a part in the roll-out of district heating across Scotland and we therefore welcome the additional funding that has been announced by the Scottish Government. Social landlords have the technical and financial skills and the groupings of homes required to develop district heating schemes, but it is vitally important that they are supported in order to meet the high capital costs involved.”
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3. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 116 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance. www.sfha.co.uk
4. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
5. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.