Nicola Sturgeon dumps public with £800k bill in bid to make residence eco-friendly


The Scottish First Minister, 51, aims to make changes in Bute House in order to meet her climate change standards, which she set in October. Ms Sturgeon announced her bid to cut Scotland’s carbon emissions by 75 percent by 2030, which is estimated to cost £33 billion to change the country’s buildings to “zero emission”.

The Scottish government confirmed on Tuesday, despite the First Minister’s official residence being leased from the National Trust for Scotland, the public will pick up the hefty bill.

Hollis, an international real estate consultancy, carried out an assessment of Bute House and found the changes will be expensive and complicated, according to the Telegraph. 

The assessment read: “Due to the size of the building, we recommend direct electric heating will be the most appropriate heating replacement in lieu of gas.

“We have excluded ASHP [air source heat pumps] due to the Grade A [National Trust] status.” 

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The assessment also found the upgrades in Bute House will likely require listed building consent and the permission of the National Trust for Scotland.

Hollis revealed the “indicative” £807,038 bill included the cost of switching to electrically heating the home as well as the water supplies.

Maurice Golden, a Scottish Tory MSP, said: “The SNP government have set aside a woefully inadequate sum to decarbonise the heating of one million homes.

“As it stands, this funding will only go a fraction of the way to decarbonising many Scottish homes, leaving homeowners to make up the difference from their own pockets.

“If the SNP are to have any hope of reaching their decarbonisation targets, they must commit to properly funding homeowners to make the necessary improvements.”

The eye watering bill caused many to take to social media to condemn the new plans.

Paula asked on Twitter: “How many new eco friendly houses could have been built for that?”

Meanwhile Susan said: “It would be much cheaper to buy her a one bedroom flat and save taxpayers money.”

Speaking on the BBC Scotland podcast No Hot Air, Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) stated annual climate targets have already been missed.

He told the BBC: “I think there is a danger that actually we have over-cooked this by 2030. 

“This 2030 target is going to be a huge challenge to overcome.

“I would love to be wrong on this, but what that means is that the government here in Scotland is going to have to come up with proposals that show how Scotland will stride ahead of the UK on some of the key transitions that need to take place.

“Notably decarbonising homes, decarbonising industry.”



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