Green Deal – is it delivering?

The news is that just 626 households have signed up to the floundering Green Deal in its first year. The industry has called for the government to act now to save the flagship energy efficiency scheme

The numbers of households signing up to the scheme in the past month have dropped by a fifth, causing the industry to call on the government to ‘wake-up’ to problems with the scheme.

Chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, Paul King, said: ‘This latest set of figures, coming a year since the policy launched, should come as a wake-up call to government that the Green Deal is not delivering in its current form.

 ‘Government must recognise energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and be prepared to delve into its purse to make its flagship policy more appealing through stronger incentives and more attractive finance options.’

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has also commented on the performance of the scheme, scoring it just two out of five in a one-year anniversary ‘report card’.

Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, commented: ‘It’s clear that the Green Deal simply has not achieved the desired results in its first full year, with the majority of SME installers and home owners failing to engage, and the financial package underpinning the scheme proving unattractive to most consumers.

 Gary Cook & Sara Nicholson