DECC to study impact of green deal on fuel poverty

6th August, 2013

The government has accepted a recommendation from MPs that it should monitor the take-up of its Green Deal energy efficiency scheme among fuel poor households.

MPs on the energy and climate change committee called for the move in a report published in May, and the government has now responded saying it has included the measure in its monitoring of the policy.

The first figures show that up to the end of March 84 per cent of Green Deal assessments were on owner-occupied properties, with the remainder split equally between private rented homes and the social housing sector.

The MPs also criticised the government for not setting clear goals for its flagship energy efficiency scheme, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change has responded by saying in the short term it would like to see one or more measures to improve energy efficiency fitted in a million homes by 2015.

These measures could be fitted through the green deal, the energy company obligation, or ‘other financing options’.

In the longer term the government is hoping the green deal will result in savings of 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020. 


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