GGF Welcomes Green Deal Review

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey spoke at the Ecobuild Exhibition in London on 4th March and highlighted that:  Today there are over 100,000 jobs in the UK’s multi-billion pound energy efficiency market Average household energy consumption has reduced by 20% since the first Ecobuild exhibition We (the government) have now the most comprehensive framework for energy efficiency that has ever existed To date over 1 million homes have been made warmer, greener and cheaper to heat through the Green Deal and ECO Energy efficiency represents an all-round social good Energy efficiency is one of the main tools for reducing the burden of energy prices on all consumersHowever, Mr Davey also admitted that, “the Green Deal hasn’t gone as planned or hoped for.” He went on to say that, “While we’ve had just shy of half a million Green Deal assessments, with the majority resulting in people investing in home energy efficiency, the Green Deal Finance package itself hasn’t proved attractive.” Mr Davey said the Government’s chief construction advisor had been commissioned to look at better ways of triggering “innovation and deployment” to encourage a greater uptake in energy efficiency measures, specifically solid wall insulation.The speech in full by Ed Davey can be found here.

Details of the review into the Green Deal can be found here.

Nigel Rees, Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Group Chief Executive commented, “It has taken a while but the Government now appear to finally accept that their flagship initiative Green Deal has failed to deliver the results that DECC set over two years ago when the scheme was launched. We welcome Mr Davey’s comments about reviewing the entire scheme - something the GGF has called for over the last 18 months when the statistics were showing a poor uptake by homeowners. The GGF will be contacting The Green Deal Construction Board to offer to contribute to the Green Deal Review.”

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