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LHEES Consultation

Consultation closed 17 April 2024

South Ayrshire Council - Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) Draft Consultation

South Ayrshire Council is undertaking a consultation regarding its Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) draft. This consultation is looking for views from all residents and businesses in South Ayrshire, as the proposed strategy will affect heat delivery across all building types.

After a series of responses from members of the public and consulted groups, we have amended the strategy and consultation questions. Previous responses are still valid and will be considered as part of the whole, however we are aiming to make engagement more accessible.

For general information, view the summary of the consultation (Word doc) [934KB] .

To read more in-depth on the strategy and technical report, please see:

Closing date for consultation 17 April 2024.

What is an LHEES?

An LHEES is a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy, which sets out the long-term plan for improving energy efficiency and decarbonising heat in buildings across the SAC area. This will mean ensuring all buildings, homes, businesses, and public sector, are well insulated and utilising a zero-carbon heating source.

LHEES is a mandatory part of Scottish Government Heat in Buildings work and are driven by our statutory targets for net zero, and 2040 fuel poverty targets. This is a vital part of how we tackle the climate emergency locally and nationally.

What will the LHEES do?

This strategy will:

  • Set out how different building types can change to meet national and local objectives,
  • Identify strategic heat zones, and set out potential measures for reducing buildings emissions within each zone; and 
  • Prioritise areas for delivery, against national and local priorities.

Accompanying the strategy is a delivery plan, a live guide to actions we are taking in the council and beyond. This will be developed in partnership with key stakeholders, providing a strong basis for action for local communities, government, investors, developers and wider stakeholders, pinpointing areas for focussed intervention and early, low-regrets measures.

The LHEES will be reviewed and updated on a five-year basis, but the delivery plan will track year to year actions as they occur.

What are the first steps for LHEES?

Initial work on LHEES will focus on stakeholder engagement, large scale energy planning and heat network feasibility, and no-regret measures like insulation improvements.

How can I get involved?

Your views and ideas matter and this public consultation on the draft strategy will help us inform our final LHEES.

This is not just a Council strategy on Council buildings, this is an area-wide approach to meeting our climate targets, both in South Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole. Once open for consultation, we are keen to get responses from residents and businesses as to how we can work together on this massively challenging area.