Our energy choices can have a really big impact!
We all use energy to power and heat our homes, shops, schools, public buildings and work places. How we choose to power and heat these spaces, who we choose to do so, and many more factors can have a huge impact on our individual and collective carbon footprint.
Scotland is leading the way on improving household energy efficiency and reducing emissions from our homes, with a number of organisations delivering funding and support across the country. We were the first part of the UK to recognise energy efficiency as a national priority.
Although there has been considerable progress made, there is still more work to be done.
Emissions data shows that current activity is not enough to ensure that we and our homes play their part in contributing to Scotland’s challenging emissions reduction targets. Most emissions reductions to date have been seen in the power sector, which has seen a two-thirds fall in emissions from 2008 to 2018. Emissions from all other sectors outside of electricity generation have fallen by just 14% during this time. (Energy Saving Trust, 2021)
Big changes are happening in the energy industry, and if we are to help Scotland reach net zero by 2045, we all must consider making changes when it comes to our own energy supply too.