Green Deal completions treble as take-up passes 1,000 mark

25th November, 2013

The number of completed Green Deal plans more than tripled by the end of last month.

Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show the number of Green Deal plans logged as ‘live’ stood at 219 by the end of October, compared with 57 by the end of September.

The total number of households agreeing to take up the government’s Green Deal plans stretched past the 1,000 mark to 1,173, compared with 954 in September.

Of the 1,173 plans, 360 were new quotes, down from 392 in September, and 594 had moved to ‘pending’, compared with 505 the month before.

Statistics showed that the total number of measures installed using Green Deal finance was 481 in October, with boilers accounting for 37 per cent of this and photovoltaic installations making up 16 per cent.

Heating controls accounted for 15 per cent of the 481 total measures installed and solid wall installations made up 14 per cent of the total.

The Green Deal, Energy Companies Obligation and cashback incentive scheme collectively accounted for 311,250 measures installed in 273,000 properties to the end of September, up from 251,655 measures to the end of August.

The ECO delivered the majority of these measures, making up 98 per cent of the final figure.

Fears were recently sparked over the future of schemes such as ECO and the Green Deal, after the prime minister signalled a desire to “roll back” the regulation and other green charges in the face of rising energy bills.

Top UK firms warned that more than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs are at risk if the government went ahead with green tax cuts.

The UK Green Building Council said job losses could be seen as soon as Christmas 2013 if the government rolled back green levies.

Subsidies currently under the spotlight include the ECO, which was introduced in January 2013 to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and support people living in fuel poverty.

It was set to run until March 2015 and to work alongside the Green Deal as a financial incentive for people wanting to make energy improvements to their homes.

According to the Association of the Conservation of Energy, up to 33,000 people are currently employed delivering ECO and the Green Deal, which should have risen to 60,000 jobs in 2015.

Willmott Dixon managing director Rob Lambe said his company invested heavily in establishing a business response to the initiatives.

He added: “Over the next year we anticipated employing more than 400 tradesmen installing insulation to solid-walled properties.

“But if ECO funding is cut, this work will simply come to a grinding halt and these jobs will be lost, with thousands more at risk in the wider industry.”

Gentoo director Sally Hancox said the industry was in an “extremely serious” position and called for “urgent action”.

She added: “We believe that the coalition’s brave, strong initial commitment to ECO remains right. The large-scale installation of green measures actively stimulates economic activity, it creates jobs and addresses the growing issue of fuel poverty.”

In October, Construction News spoke to major contractors over ECO concerns, who signed a letter to the prime minister urging him not to scrap green levies.

The chancellor is expected to make an announcement on environmental taxes in the autumn statement on 5 December.

Source: Construction News 

The Autumn Statement will be live streamed during a policy debate: "What future for ECO?" at the Retrofit Summit on 5 December at the Business Design Centre, London. Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change will start the debate with a keynote address, sharing his views and ideas for retrofitting the nation's buildings. The policy debate will include industry experts from the likes of Willmott Dixon, Places for People and Npower.

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