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Historic buildings helping to cut carbon emissions

25 September 2007

Historic buildings are already helping to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions. That is one of the key messages delivered by Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP at the opening of the annual conference of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland today (Tuesday).

Speaking in Stirling, Ms Fabiani said: “Sustainability is about much more than the energy measured on an electricity meter. We have to think about the energy usage of the whole life of a building and the materials it is constructed from and make sure that the actions we take to control our carbon emissions are sustainable in the long term.

“Recent research shows that older buildings perform very well in energy terms because they have thick walls, smaller windows and passive ventilation systems - all of which contribute to the reduction of emissions.”

The Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland provides independent strategic advice to Scottish Ministers on issues affecting the historic environment.

Ms Fabiani continued: “Climate change is a reality we can no longer ignore. The Scottish Government is committed to taking action to enforce reductions in carbon emissions. We are also determined to think creatively about the small changes that can make a big difference.”

The Minister also set out the areas that the advisory council would be reviewing in the coming year. It will provide advice on:
·the economic impact of the historic environment;
·the conservation of the ecclesiastical heritage;
·engaging young adults with the historic environment;
·and the infrastructure of the historic environment


Notes to Editors
  1. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
  2. The Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland provides independent strategic advice to Scottish Ministers on issues affecting the historic environment. More information can be found at www.heacs.org.uk.
  3. Members of the Historic Environment Advisory Council are appointed by the Culture Minister.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk