Green Deal could be game-changing, but industry needs confidence in scheme

Published:  24 November, 2011

UK: The launch of the Green Deal Consultation document highlights the critical role the scheme can and must play in driving the mass retrofit that the UK building stock needs if we are to meet our carbon reduction targets, tackle fuel poverty and create green jobs.

However, given recent questions over the Government’s green credentials, industry needs certainty around the Government’s long-term commitment to the Green Deal to enable it to deliver effectively.

The document will provide many in industry with their first in-depth view of the Green Deal – and their first real opportunity to offer feedback on the proposals. From UK-GBC’s standpoint, there are three critical elements that need to be in place to ensure the scheme is a success:

  • Incentives to encourage take-up of the Green Deal and proposals that form a coherent and compelling customer journey – both vital to ensure consumer acceptance of the scheme
  • Proposals that give confidence to the private sector to encourage long-term investment
  • A smooth transition from CERT and CESP to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to maintain the momentum within the insulation industry.

Paul King, chief executive of UK-GBC commented: “We welcome the launch of this much-anticipated document. The Green Deal has the potential to be game-changing by creating a huge new low carbon refurbishment market and giving the industry a much-needed jobs boost, as well as tackling spiraling fuel bills and creating better quality, more comfortable places for us to live and work.

"However, in order to ensure sufficient take-up of the scheme, this document must be backed up by announcements from the Chancellor next week, outlining how they will incentivise take-up amongst home owners and building occupiers. Also, given recent announcements from Government which have dented investor confidence – such as the cuts to the Feed-in Tariff – the Government must articulate a clear, long-term vision for the Green Deal so that industry has the confidence to invest and ensure it has the skills to deliver.”

"We will be working closely with our members in the coming weeks to gather their views, and to provide detailed feedback to DECC on their proposals. UK-GBC will also be seeking views on the consultation document at our upcoming Green Deal Consultation Workshop with Greg Barker, his officials and leading industry experts."

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