promising start for green deal
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Reporting on the latest statistics be released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, 2degrees‘ Stephen Kennett says that over 1,800 Green Deal assessments have been carried out on domestic properties since the launch of the UK’s flagship energy efficiency scheme earlier this year.
DECC also announced that £26.9m worth of contracts have been traded through Energy Company Obligation (ECO) brokerage system, which works alongside the Green Deal and allows companies to bid for energy efficiency improvement work funded by energy companies.”We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum.” Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey said: “We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum. In little more than a month, there have been 1,803 Green Deal assessments and that shows genuine interest from consumers.”
Commenting on the figures, John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK Green Building Council said: “It’s great to see the momentum building behind the Green Deal and ECO. While much of this activity will have been driven by DECC-funded local authority projects, it still demonstrates that the public are taking note of the scheme and getting involved.
However, Alker cautioned: “The initial rush provided by these early projects, and the subsequent take-up driven by the cash-back scheme is likely to prove unsustainable in the long-term if Government fails to put in place lasting, structural incentives. We would hope to see proposals in this respect included in next week’s budget.”
40 firms are now authorized as Green Deal providers, with a further 629 registered to carry out installations and 619 individuals registered to offer assessments.
Assessments form the first step of the Green Deal process for households. An assessor visits the home and talks to the owner/occupier about their energy use to see if they can benefit from making energy efficiency improvements to their property before setting out any appropriate recommendations.