Challenges ahead to deliver Green Deal, says Climate Energy

Following the submission of information to the Green Deal consultation paper, Garry Worthington, head of Green Deal at Climate Energy says: “There are a number of challenges facing the government if the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) are to deliver cost-effective emissions reductions and meet the carbon reduction targets which have been set.

“Climate Energy believes making the Green Deal as consumer-friendly as possible will be critical to its success, especially at a time when household budgets are tight.  It is also essential that all Green Deal schemes are cost-effectiveness so that properties can really benefit from the “Golden Rule.

“The current ECO proposals will also see subsidies for loft and cavity wall insulation come to an end for many, with the government’s own predictions suggesting an annual drop in the number of cavity wall installations when the current subsidy regime finishes.  We believe that to maintain demand and support a smooth transition to the Green Deal loft and cavity wall insulation should be included within the carbon-saving element of ECO for a limited period of time.

”As an award winning managing agent with our own network of accredited installers and surveyors we fully support the proposed rigorous accreditation system for assessors, providers and installers, but the government must not allow the system to be cost prohibitive to companies such as ours.

”We welcome the government’s allocation of £200m to incentivise early adoption of the Green Deal, and believe a simple offer for early adopters, similar to the successful boiler scrappage scheme, could help to kick-start it.”