More needed from gov’t to support Green Deal, says Velux

Keith Riddle, managing director at VELUX, has welcomed today’s announcement that the government will take further steps towards launching Green Deal in October but says that more work is needed to spread consumer awareness.
He said “The new £7million government loan to The Green Deal Finance Company is a first step in ensuring the Green Deal is affordable for homeowners but with more than four million UK homes residing in the lowest two grades on their Energy Performance Certificate we need to see increased investment if the scheme is to live up to its promise of ‘greening’ our buildings. The government should now seriously consider additional funding from the UK Infrastructures Guarantee Scheme. 
“However, even with this increased investment, another worry is that homeowners remain in the dark about the scheme’s impending launch. Our own research reveals that a significant proportion of MPs do not understand the Green Deal and will not promote it to their constituents. Unless a top down approach is taken by government we will not succeed in addressing the UK’s carbon emissions attributable to buildings and the very real and growing issues of fuel poverty and unemployment.”