Changeworks’ Chief Executive Teresa Bray was in Parliament this week as she gave evidence to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on the role of local government and its partners in financing and delivering a net zero Scotland.
Acting on behalf of the Existing Homes Alliance, of which Changeworks is a member, Teresa spoke of the need for local authorities to provide multi-year funding for the Energy Efficient Scotland Area Based Schemes, of which six are delivered by Changeworks.
Alongside Historic Environment Scotland’s Roger Curt, the Energy Saving Trust’s Elaine Waterson and Professor Janette Webb from the UK Energy Research Centre, Teresa also highlighted the additional funds needed for staff in local authorities to develop and manage initiatives that will contribute towards Scotland’s net zero targets, as well as the level of engagement needed from politicians and senior staff to deliver them.
The Scottish Government has committed to Scotland becoming a net zero society by 2045.
Commenting on her appearance, Teresa said: “I was pleased to be able to represent the Existing Homes Alliance in this important engagement with MSPs. Many challenges will occur as we move from strategies to delivery on climate action. So strong, cross-party political leaderships across both the Scottish Parliament and local authorities is required.”