No Households Have Had Energy Efficiency Measures Installed Under The Green Deal And Being Charged On Their Bills New Figures Show
Installers losing jobs while billions to improve energy efficiency in homes goes unspent and some of the poorest will struggle to heat their homes this winter says GMB
GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on new statistics published on the uptake of energy efficiency scheme under the Green Deal part of Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO).
Gary Smith GMB National Secretary for energy said “This government scheme to make homes more energy-efficient has still not resulted in any actual home improvements.
The Green Deal, which was launched six months ago, was designed to provide measures such as home insulation.
Fewer than 250 households have taken up the Government's flagship energy efficiency programme in the first five months of the scheme.
Just four homes have signed up to a "green deal" plan, covering the upfront costs of measures such as insulation and new efficient boilers with the money paid back through savings on bills, and 241 households are going ahead with the scheme but have yet to sign.
So far, no households have had energy efficiency measures installed under the green deal and are being charged on their bills.
Green deal is a miserable failure as we predicted. Radical change is needed both to the Government Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO) and Green Deal. It is shameful that we have insulation installers idle and losing their jobs. This is while there is billions to be spent on improving energy efficiency in homes going unspent and some of the poorest will struggle to heat their homes this winter.
We have a gathering crisis in the energy sector and a government no idea how to resolve it."
Contact: Gary Smith 07710 618 909 and or GMB press office 07974 251 823
Notes to Editors
Statement by Government Minister 27th June 2013.
Minister of State Greg Barker comments on the first quarterly Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation statistics
Commenting on the first quarterly Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation statistics, Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“The Green Deal is an ambitious and uniquely long-term programme designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes. It’s only just getting started, but the early signs are encouraging.
“Today we’ve seen that 81,798 installations have taken place with the support of the new Energy Company Obligation, helping those most in need or with particularly hard to treat properties. But this is just the start. 38,259 Green Deal assessments is also a clear sign that many consumers genuinely want to make their homes more efficient; but we are keen to do more.
“78 per cent of people who have received a Green Deal Advice Report, following a Green Deal assessment, said they had, were getting or would get energy saving measures installed. This too is a great sign – many people are increasingly looking to make their homes more energy efficient and keep bills down.
“Getting software systems running and finance into place for Green Deal Plans to be signed has taken time, so the numbers here are lower. The very first wave of Green Deal Finance Providers have only just got their individual finance terms and conditions in place and gone live with their software systems that operate this whole new product. However, now the first five are up and running, the good news is that we expect up to 50 authorised finance providers to be active by the end of the year, massively increasing the access to finance in the market.
“It will take time as this brand new market finds its legs, but I now expect the number of plans signed to start steadily rising.”
View the statistics on GOV.UK