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Mixed Fortunes for Green Deal

21 November 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

Despite a number of organisations critcising the government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has responded more positively to the latest statistics showing ‘steady growth’.

The figures showed that almost 1,500 Green Deal plans were registered in October, bringing the total number of plans in progress to 7,207 at the end of last month (up from 5,736 at the end of September).

Nevertheless, it conceded that the number of installations under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) continue to be at ‘low levels’, with only 23,325 installations in September, compared to a high of almost 100,000 in March – when the energy companies were helped to deliver carbon savings with uplifts in carbon scores. (Energy companies that delivered more than 35% of their carbon target (under the CERO sub obligation) up to March 2014, received an uplift of 1.75 on the carbon savings of the measures they had delivered.

“With a record number of new Green Deals last month, we’re starting to see a break in the clouds for the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme,” observed Richard Twinn, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, UK-GBC. “But it’s not all blue skies just yet because the recent rise in plans isn’t even close to making up for the drop in energy saving measures being installed under its sister scheme ECO. We need to see continued demand in energy efficiency into next year if the Green Deal is to truly weather the storm.”

 

Picture: The Energy Company Obligation take ups continue to be at ‘low levels’

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 21 November 2014

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