Scottish Government fails on efficiency

None of the Scottish Government’s buildings has achieved top energy efficiency ratings, prompting calls for ministers to lead by example.

Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats showed six of the government’s 18 larger buildings – which account for 71 per cent of its overall floor space – received the bottom two Energy Performance Certificate ratings.

None of the buildings managed the top ratings.

The certificate provides A to G ratings, with A being the most energy-efficient.

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The Scottish Government’s offices in Tankerness Lane, Kirkwall, and its freshwater laboratory at Faskally, Pitlochry, were both rated G, while a further four premises, including Cameron House in Oban, got Fs. The government’s offices at St Andrew’s House and Victoria Quay, both in Edinburgh, received C ratings.