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Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland

Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland is a new agency that will lead and coordinate heat decarbonisation in Scotland. It will reduce harmful climate change emissions from Scotland's buildings. 

It aims to reduce Scotland’s contribution to climate change by 2045 by making Scotland’s homes and buildings:

  • cleaner
  • greener
  • easier to heat

What the agency will do

It will continue to work with our existing partners to:

  • deliver heat and energy efficiency measures into homes and buildings
  • support the development of heat networks

It will work with partners to find ways to do this more efficiently. It will help people understand the changes needed in how we heat and use energy in our homes and buildings.

You can read more about the agency in the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

Developing the agency

Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland has been set up as a virtual agency. This means the initial work will happen within the Scottish Government as part of the Directorate for Energy and Climate Change.

This work includes creating a dedicated agency in the future.

This meets a Programme for Government commitment to establish a virtual agency in 2022.

Work to develop the agency started with a call for evidence. This ran from December 2021 to February 2022.

We published an independent analysis of responses in May 2022. This report’s findings will help inform the future work of the agency.

The agency will be in place by September 2025.

Our organisation

Scottish Ministers have appointed an independent strategic board to help lead the creation of Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland.

Independent Strategic Board: member biographies 

Lorne Crerar, Chair


Professor Lorne Crerar CBE FRSE is Harper Macleod’s Chair and Founding Partner.

He has wide experience of public sector operations and been appointed by The Scottish Government to undertake several independent reviews, including the Enterprise and Skills Review in 2017.

He was co-chair of the National Council of Rural Advisers, chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise from 2012 to 2020, and was appointed to the Rural Economic Action Group.

He's Chairman of Scottish Rugby Union.

Graeme Bissett


Graeme is a chartered accountant, corporate financier and experienced non-executive chair and director.

He has board experience across a range of sectors including:

  • energy transition
  • affordable housing
  • public infrastructure

Graeme was also Chair at Children 1st and Vice-convenor of Court at the University of Glasgow .

He's currently Vice-chair at Citizens Advice Scotland.

Vivienne Cockburn


Vivienne is a qualified chartered accountant and an experienced non-executive director.

She was previously a director with Scottish Futures Trust where she held various roles. This included leading their input into the development and delivery of low carbon programmes across Scotland.

James Fowlie


James is currently Director of Place Policy at COSLA and has worked there for almost 20 years.

He was previously a board member of Paths for All and SCDI for over 10 years.

Claire Mack 


Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables since 2017.

She's responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector.

Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board. She's also co-chair of both the Renewable Energy Strategic Leadership Group and the Scottish Government Marine Energy Industry Group.

Trisha McAuley


Trisha is an independent consumer expert. She's an experienced chair and non-executive director, with a background in consumer affairs.

She's widely recognised as a national consumer expert and was awarded an OBE for services to consumer affairs in 2015.

Sally Thomas


Sally Thomas is Chief Executive at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) - the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives.

In 2021 she co-chaired the government convened Social Renewal Advisory Board and Zero Emissions Social Housing Task Force.

Mike Thornton


Mike Thornton is chief executive of Energy Saving Trust where he has worked for 20 years.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the environmental, energy efficiency, transport and recycling sectors.



Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

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