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Carbon Emissions Reduction Target,CESP,Energy Company Obligation,Energy Efficiency Commitment,Fuel Poverty,Green Deal,Warm Front Scheme

ECO and the Green Deal – not enough is not enough

Today ACE and the Energy Bill Revolution publish a set of slides and a briefing which assess the impact of the Government’s current energy efficiency policies and compare them against past performance and what needs to happen to effectively tackle fuel poverty and meet the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.

We find that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal represent a significant loss of momentum in the deployment of energy efficiency measures compared to previous energy efficiency programmes, especially when considering the large energy efficiency potential still available in the housing stock.

The recent cuts proposed to the ECO are exacerbating this loss of momentum, and the introduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is not enough to turn it around. This means that carbon targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change will be missed and that fuel poverty will worsen.

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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.GDstats“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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Community Energy Saving Programme

ACE have submitted a written response to the DECC Community Energy Saving Programme consultation.

In summary, ACE believes that the design of CESP should be vastly simplified whilst ensuring that the programme is as ambitious as practicable. The proposed CESP contains an ambitious and complex list of aims: cutting CO2, piloting community partnerships, delivering ‘whole house’ refurbishment, addressing hard to treat homes and targeting those most in need. At the top of this list of objectives is to learn from the experience of the pilot programme to inform future strategies and implementation. ACE believes that in order to fulfil this headline objective the programme needs to be simplified and made more prescriptive to ensure that the types of projects that Government intends to learn from are actually delivered.

ACE is deeply concerned that, as a pilot designed to inform future strategy and implementation, the proposed CESP contains only very limited reporting or review requirements. The primary aim of CESP is learning rather than delivery (as indicated by the small £350m outline budget) but this opportunity to learn will be lost if more penetrating and representative reporting is not established. ACE also calls for a reporting framework that requires partners to report on both the technical and ‘softer’ elements of the programme. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) should be prepared for each home treated under CESP before and after the package of measures is installed. ACE also has concerns that without stronger reporting requirements double counting of carbon reductions between CESP and CERT will occur.

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