Nicola Sturgeon may have to SELL Scots HQ over green heating cost

Nicola Sturgeon told to consider SELLING Scottish Government headquarters because of £5.8million cost of installing green heating system she is demanding all buildings adopt by 2030

  • First Minister told that it will cost £5.8million to convert St Andrew’s House 
  • Impact assessment suggests she look at ‘relocating to a new office in Edinburgh’
  • Building was opened by King George VI in 1940, as the home of Scottish Office
  • Nicola Sturgeon has been told to consider selling off the Scottish Government’s historic headquarters because of the multimillion-pound cost of adapting it to green measures she is introducing.

    The First Minister has been told that it will cost £5.8million to swap St Andrew’s House from gas-fired heating to an environmentally friendly alternative by the end of the decade. 

    An impact assessment commissioned by the Scottish Government has suggested she look into ‘relocating to a new office/hub in Edinburgh where modern energy efficient technologies’ can be more easily and cheaply introduced.

    Under the Heat in Buildings plan unveiled in October commits to getting ‘a large majority of building achieving a good level of energy efficiency’ by the end of the decade. Ms Sturgeon’s Government would be expected to lead this push.

    The building was opened by King George VI in 1940, initially as the home of the Scottish Office. But since devolution in 1999 it has housed the Scottish Government.

    The building was opened by King George VI in 1940, initially as the home of the Scottish Office. But since devolution in 1999 it has housed the Scottish Government.

    The Fist Minister has been told that it will cost £5.8million to swap St Andrew's House from gas-fired heating to an environmentally friendly alternative by the end of the decade.

    The Fist Minister has been told that it will cost £5.8million to swap St Andrew’s House from gas-fired heating to an environmentally friendly alternative by the end of the decade.

    But the report obtained by the Daily Telegraph under Freedom of Information rules shows that it will cost a seven-figure sum to adapt St Andrews House. 

    The building was opened by King George VI in 1940, initially as the home of the Scottish Office. But since devolution in 1999 it has housed the Scottish Government, with around 1,800 civil servants based there.

    The First Minister of Scotland used a speech ahead of the Cop26 summit in October to call on leaders of high-emitting nations to create a ‘significant uplift’ in ambition to tackle the climate emergency.

    The Scottish Government has opted out of the UK Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme – which will see grants of £5,000 to install heat pumps – to focus on its own scheme.

    The Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings strategy aims to convert a million homes to ‘zero emissions heat’ by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets. In addition, by 2045 all buildings must be converted, at a cost of £33billion.

    However, the Government has pledged just £1.8billion as an initial contribution. 

    Responses to an official consultation warned moving to ‘net zero’ could add up to £800 a year to utility bills – and could render some homes ‘unsellable’.  

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