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Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)

Welcome to Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

Energy efficiency is a priority for the Scottish Government.  The Infrastructure Investment Plan reaffirmed the designation of energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) is the Scottish Government’s coordinated programme of work to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in the commercial, public and industrial sectors across Scotland and decarbonising heat provision over the long term.

It will support our efforts to tackle fuel poverty by removing poor energy performance as a driver. Those households in or at risk of fuel poverty will continue to be supported throughout the programme – on 9 November 2017 we launched a consultation on a new draft fuel poverty strategy, including a new definition of fuel poverty and indicators and sub-targets. We will use the responses to help inform a Warm Homes Bill to be introduced to Parliament in 2018, and to inform the final version of Scotland’s Fuel Poverty Strategy that will set the framework within which we will tackle fuel poverty moving forward.

If you are interested in finding out what help is already available to make your homes and buildings more energy efficient,  then please contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0808 808 2282 for impartial comprehensive advice.

In addition, Resource Efficient Scotland provides Scottish businesses, the public sector and third sector with free, independent, specialist advice and support on energy, water and materials efficiency and waste prevention, reuse and recycling.


Improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Scotland will help the Scottish Government meet its Climate Change targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy costs and help to tackle Fuel Poverty, improve energy security and make Scotland’s economy more competitive.


The consultation on Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) ran from 24 January until 30 May 2017 and received 104 responses. Analysis of the consultation was published on 14 November. The findings from this analysis will be used to inform policy decisions on the overall design and operation of SEEP. 

As part of the SEEP consultation, Scottish Government also consulted a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating. The consultation ran between 24 January and 18 April 2017 and received 87 responses. Based on the evidence and views gathered from stakeholders through the first consultation (click here for consultation analysis) and other engagement, the Scottish Government is now consulting further on our proposed approach to district (and communal) heating regulation, and the development of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies. The consultation will run until 20th February 2018 and we would welcome for any responses from interested stakeholders.

All of the consultations provide focus on specific areas of the energy system and are part of the wider Scottish Government agenda set in the Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland.

Associated documents:

  1. Consultation on Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)
  2. Analysis of responses Consultation on Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)

  3. First Consultation on Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating

  4. Analysis of responses to the Consultation on Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating

  5. Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme: Second Consultation on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District and Communal Heating

  6. Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland