Urgent action needed to boost Green Deal take-up and tackle plummeting insulation rates
Reacting to today’s publication by DECC of the Green Deal statistics up to June, the Association for the Conservation of Energy called the figures “disappointing”, highlighting in particular the 88% drop in insulation installations compared with the same period last year. They called for a raft of interventions to help boost the Government’s flagging flagship scheme.
Jenny Holland, Head of ACE’s Parliamentary Team, said:
“The Government was bracing itself for today’s statistics – and rightly so. Over 38,000 assessments have yielded only 245 requests for Green Deal plans, with only 4 of these actually signed. Given earlier Government predictions of 10,000 Green Deal plans in 2013, the scheme would need to ramp up 2,500-fold in the next six months in order to achieve these dizzy ambitions.
“As we have warned for many months, the insulation industry has been particularly badly hit – with installations of cavity wall, loft and solid wall insulation dropping by around 88% on the equivalent period last year. These installation rates are respectively only 5%, 8% and 7% of what the Committee on Climate Change told us yesterday we need to be achieving to be on track to meet our 2022 carbon target.“Today’s statistics reveal how urgent it is to launch a rescue package for this flagging flagship scheme. The Government need to take a long hard look at how high interest rates are deterring consumers. They should urgently consider introducing council tax or stamp duty incentives to help boost take-up – something they have been considering for years, but have apparently kicked into the long grass.
“They should also ditch the requirement for measures delivered under the cash-back scheme to be installed by an approved Green Deal provider, thereby excluding many reputable local builders and heating engineers from participating. Finally, they should reverse their perverse decision not to go ahead with plans to require householders who erect extensions or convert their garages to make further energy efficiency improvements to the original building – a policy that they themselves said would lead to energy saving improvements to 2.2 million homes.
“It’s not surprising that DECC chose to bury today’s statistics under seven other announcements. The Green Deal is falling well short of being the “game-changer” that Government Ministers promised us it would be – they must act swiftly and decisively to put it back on track.”
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