Changes to Green Deal don't go far enough says Climate Energy

Published:  13 June, 2012

LONDON: As DECC published its response to the Green Deal consultation paper, Garry Worthington, head of Green Deal at Climate Energy, hit back at the Government’s indecision over the £200m fund to kick-start the scheme.

"The improvements to the consumer protection elements of Green Deal are particularly welcome," said Mr Worthington. "However, we are disappointed that the Government remains undecided about its £200m fund to kick-start the scheme.

"We think the current plans to use this purely as a cashback incentive over the next two years are misguided and that could be used much more creatively to support regional schemes, local innovations, jobs, communities and delivery to give take-up an initial boost.  We would also urge DECC to reconsider its support around promoting Green Deal and creating awareness of the scheme."

Despite these criticisms, Mr Worthington said Climate Energy was pleased that DECC had taken onboard its comments regarding excessive costs to providers, and removed burdens such as the need to offer extended warranties and the compulsory membership to an independent conciliation service.

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