It’s too late for the Green Deal

Posted on 12 Jun 2012

The Green Deal, which is designed to increase the energy efficiency of 14 million homes and create 65,000 jobs in the UK energy efficiency market, is failing to meet its targets.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey responded to criticism of Green Deal shortcomings yesterday (June 11). He said that progress was being made on the deal’s commitments despite the fact that the number of lofts in houses and business premises being lagged per year is projected to plummet by 83%.

Government has proposed to conduct a one year review in the “immediate period post-the framework becoming operational,” set for end-2013 to mid-2014.

Rhian Kelly, CBI director for business environment policy, admitted the Green Deal had real and potential benefits, but cautioned: “There is still plenty of work to do. With the launch of the Green Deal expected towards the end of the year, the Government needs to move quickly to put everything in place.”

Ms Kelly urged government to put businesses who want to get involved in the Green Deal in a strong position to do so and to put the right policies in place to stimulate consumer demand.