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Energy management

It's the responsibility of our Energy and Sustainability service to:

  • manage, control and monitor energy and water usage throughout the council 
  • to promote energy efficiency to our employees and partners

The team contributes to the creation of a 'cleaner, greener, safer community' for North Ayrshire, through their dedication to reducing the council's carbon emissions.

Find out what we are doing to tackle climate change and meet the Scottish Government's 2050 carbon gas reduction target of 80%, in our Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy 2021-23 (PDF, 697KB).

We have implemented a programme of solar panel and biomass boiler installations across our schools and public buildings.

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy

Our Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) and Delivery Plan has been developed in line with Scottish Government guidance to identify North Ayrshire’s heat demand, set actions on decarbonising heat and poor energy efficiency.

Our LHEES is primarily driven by Scotland's national statutory targets:

  • to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 with a 75 per cent reduction by 2030
  • by 2040, as far as reasonably possible, that no more than 5 per cent of households will be in fuel poverty and no more than 1 per cent of households in Scotland in extreme fuel poverty

The Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (PDF, 7.5mb) sets out the council’s long-term plan for decarbonising heat and improving the energy efficiency of both domestic and non-domestic buildings throughout North Ayrshire. Further background information is available in the LHEES Strategy Appendix (PDF, 7.8mb).

The LHEES Delivery Plan (PDF, 168kb) sets out the proposed actions that the council will aim to progress. It is a working document with actions to assist the delivery of net zero and reduce fuel poverty across North Ayrshire.

If you require any further information, please contact the council’s Sustainability Team.

Heat and Energy Efficient Scotland – Area Based Scheme

North Ayrshire Council has successfully secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEES:ABS) programme to enhance the energy efficiency of privately owned properties within North Ayrshire.

All project areas are identified in line with guidance issued by the Scottish Government.

To deliver this scheme the council are working with Managing Agents, M-Four, and the Scottish Government's Home Energy Scotland to engage with homeowners. Homeowners within eligible areas will receive a letter from M-Four inviting them to register their interest in the scheme. M-Four will then assess if they are eligible for assistance from this fund or other funding routes.

If you have further questions relating to the Area Based Scheme, please contact M-Four:

Otherwise, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to register your interest.

Details on how your information will be used and stored for this project is available within the HEES:ABS Privacy Policy.

ECO4 Flexibility and Great British Insulation Scheme (ECO4 Flex and GBIS)

North Ayrshire Council continues to support our residents by accessing external funding where possible. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is an obligation on energy suppliers aimed at helping households cut their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by installing energy saving measures.

As part of ECO, ECO4 Flex and GBIS allow the council to refer private households on low incomes and those vulnerable to the cold for support with energy efficiency measures. The council has a legislative requirement to publish a Statement of Intent (SoI) which defines qualifying criteria. Our current SoI, along with superseded statements, are available to view below:

Applying for ECO4 LA Flex 

Applications for ECO4 Flex will only be accepted from North Ayrshire Council ECO4 Flex approved installers. 

  • Green Home Systems, 7 Ailsa Rd, Irvine Industrial Estate, Irvine KA12 8LL. Phone: 0800 783 3373


To check if you are eligible for ECO4 Flex or GBIS funding please contact our approved installers directly. Alternatively, if you would like further information on this or other government schemes, please visit Home Energy Scotland's website or call 0800 808 2282. Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and offer free impartial energy advice and support.

To check eligibility, householders will be asked, by the installer, to supply income and health information. This information will be passed to the council to assess. We have no other role in the process of ECO-funded works.

Installers undertaking ECO-funded work for householders do not work for the council. Any works undertaken are a private arrangement between the householder and their chosen installer in the same way as any other works they may decide to have carried out in their home.

Notice to installers

North Ayrshire Council undertook a Prior Identification Notice (PIN) on 30 November 2022 and from this has identified partnership installers. The council will not include any additional installers to the approved list at this time or accept declaration requests from contractors not stated above.


All complaints or issues regarding the ECO4 Flex and GBIS scheme in the first instance should be referred to the installer company. Please follow the dispute resolution process as set by Trustmark, the UK Government endorsed quality scheme for home improvements.

Complaints can be registered with Trustmark through the Trustmark website. Please also inform the council by emailing North Ayrshire Council's Energy and Sustainability Department.

Community Renewable Energy Generation Fund (CREGF)

North Ayrshire's CREGF scheme invites applications from community organisations to support renewable energy projects in North Ayrshire.  

The CREGF aims to:

  • increase the level of local community owned renewable energy generation opportunities
  • support North Ayrshire’s target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030
  • accelerate community benefit from local renewable energy generation

Please see our CREGF application (Word, 83kb) for more information and to apply for funding. 

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