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The Scottish Government

Scotland’s ambitious climate change legislation sets a target date for net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. Our contribution to climate change will end, definitively, within one generation.


The Scottish Government sponsors the development and roll-out of the Standard. The Standard forms part of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change’s wider work on policy, regulation, funding and delivery in relation to decarbonisation of the public sector estate and meeting Scotland’s ambitious 2045 net zero target.

The Scottish Government sponsors a number of support and funding schemes which, subject to eligibility criteria, can be a useful resource for projects looking to adopt the Standard:

Scotland’s Public Sector Heat Decarbonisation Fund

This fund will offer grants of up to 80% of eligible heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency project costs to local authorities, arms-length external organisations and universities. It is managed by Salix Finance on behalf of the Scottish Government and will be open to applications later in 2023.

Scottish Central Government Energy Efficiency Grant Fund

This fund provides grant support for Scottish public bodies classified as central government to improve energy efficiency of their buildings and install zero direct emission heating systems in them.  

Funding is available for pre-capital support to assist public bodies to carry out feasibility and design works. Capital grants are available either in isolation, or as follow-on to pre-capital support for implementation of retrofit energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation works.  

Scottish Public Sector Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Frameworks and Project Support Unit

The Project Support Unit provides support for public and third sector bodies to procure capital works from contractors on the non-domestic energy efficiency framework for retrofit energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation works. Up to £50,000 per project of the Project Support Unit’s work is funded by the Scottish Government. The capital works are funded by the public / third sector body – although the framework can be used in conjunction with grants and loans provided by the Scottish Government and others.  

Heat Network Support Unit

The Scottish Government in partnership with Scottish Futures Trust and Zero Waste Scotland offers advice, guidance and financial support to the pre-capital development of projects in Scotland with the aim to support the growth of heat networks in Scotland.

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s Directorate of Energy and Climate Change is the sponsoring directorate of the Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard and plays a central role in its development and implementation.