A group of more than 20 business leaders has written to Scotland’s Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, calling on him to set a clear energy efficiency policy.

The companies said they could create 9,000 jobs in the industry if the Scottish Government provided a clear strategy.

The letter said: “With policy certainty about the government’s ambitions for tackling fuel poverty and climate change we hope to be able to grow our businesses, supporting Scotland’s wider economic ambitions.

“Setting an ambition for the scale of this market would go a long way to driving industry investment, growth and innovation, just as the Scottish Government’s renewable electricity targets have done.”

‘National infrastructure priority’

The letter was signed by companies including Keepmoat Regeneration, Kingspan Insulation and Saint Gobain.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman responded: “We are developing a new, overarching energy strategy for Scotland, which means developing a ‘whole systems approach’ considering Scotland’s energy supply and consumption as equal priorities, and building a genuinely integrated approach to power, transport and heat.

“Last year, in response to calls from energy experts, environmental non-governmental organisations and the Committee on Climate Change, ministers designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority.”

> Read the letter in full