Draft 2030 Climate Strategy

Net Zero energy generation and energy efficient buildings

Our strategic approach is to lay the foundations for change by understanding energy demand across the city and setting progressive planning policies that support change.

We will bring partners together to create an energy masterplan for the city and collaborate on exemplar retrofit pilots, using the learning to develop joint city retrofit plans that secure economies of scale.

We will align city investment in public buildings and energy infrastructure to support 20-minute neighbourhoods, and we will support citizens and businesses to invest in their buildings. We will target this work to ensure it supports community wealth building and a just transition to a resilient net zero city.

The outcomes

  1. Heat and energy generation and distribution is clean and renewable, and buildings are energy efficient and resilient to climate change.
  2. The cost of heating and powering the city’s homes and other buildings is reduced, helping to tackle fuel poverty.
  3. Retrofit and energy infrastructure projects are delivering economic and social benefits to businesses and citizens supporting a just transition.

Next steps

  1. Set progressive planning policies to increase energy standards in new buildings.
  2. Require the use of low and zero emissions technologies to heat and power the city’s buildings.
  3. Convene a City Heat and Energy Partnership.
  4. Develop a city-wide heat and energy masterplan.
  5. Establish a strategic partnership with Scottish Power Energy Networks.
  6. Align current and future grid development to the city’s energy needs.
  7. Develop a long-term shared investment strategy to deliver the city energy masterplan.
  8. Agree appropriate delivery mechanisms.
  9. Develop regional renewable energy solutions which draw on the area’s wind, geothermal, hydro and solar assets.
  10. Learn from the H100 hydrogen pilot.
  11. Identify heat network zones across the city.
  12. Ensure all Council-led infrastructure investment plans seek opportunities to connect to heat networks, beginning with our learning estate programme.
  13. Work with communities and developers to deliver heat networks which meet the needs of key public sector buildings and major new developments across the city, beginning with Granton Waterfront and the BioQuarter.
  14. Collaborate on place-based joint energy infrastructure projects which maximise opportunities to deliver low-cost, clean, renewable energy to neighbourhoods and communities, with a focus on areas experiencing inequalities.
  15. Develop a plan for retrofitting social housing across the city to the highest energy standards, to reduce energy demand and tackle fuel poverty.
  16. Collaborate on and identify opportunities for a joint public sector estate retrofit programme.
  17. Ensure retrofit programmes create green jobs and skills development opportunities for citizens, targeting those at greatest risk of poverty.
  18. Scope and test innovative approaches to retrofit in challenging mixed-tenure and heritage settings, to deliver exemplar models and accelerate progress.
  19. Adapt Edinburgh’s World Heritage site to be resilient to climate change.
  20. Develop models that support businesses, owner-occupiers and private landlords to invest in energy retrofits.
  21. Call on the Scottish Government to bring forward at speed schemes to support citizens to fund energy efficiency upgrades and decarbonisation of heat in their homes.
  22. Call on the Scottish Government to urge the UK Government to ensure its future Heat in Buildings Strategy includes action to significantly reduce the cost of electricity, without passing costs on to other areas of households’ budgets.
  23. Call on the Scottish Government to work with city partners to identify and deploy additional resource to deliver net zero public buildings.

Download the Net Zero energy generation and energy efficient buildings chapter of the draft 2030 Climate Strategy (PDF)