Scottish Greens call for warm homes changes
Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has said that the Climate Change Bill must ensure that every family in Scotland has a warm home.
Mr Ruskell, who is the party’s energy and climate spokesperson, has laid a number of amendments to the bill, which will be debated by parliament this week, including a change that would force the Scottish Government to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes.
Mr Ruskell said: “Far too many families live in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes adequately due to exorbitant energy prices and a lack of energy efficiency measures. That’s why I’m proposing changes to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill. Everyone should be able to live comfortably, but we know that a far too many can’t and that often leads to damp and mould, which can cause serious health problems.”
He added: “Fuel poverty also contributes to Scotland’s climate emissions. Poor energy efficiency means that many households are having to use far more energy than they need for heat. That’s why I’m demanding that the Scottish Government gets behind my proposal by committing to delivering warm homes for everyone. It makes sense for our health, wellbeing and for our planet.”