DECC quizzed on ECO at Retrofit Summit

12th December, 2013

Charles Philips, Deputy Director at DECC was quizzed at some length by Industry during the Retrofit Summit conference on the Government’s proposed changes to the green levies confirmed today in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

The panel session, chaired by Kerry Mashford at NEF, with panellists from DECC, NEA, sustainableBYdesign and Travis Perkins was the highlight of the conference that took place today (5 December) at the Business Design Centre, in London.

Charles opened the session by outlining the government’s proposed changes to ECO and Green Deal and the new support for energy efficiency (http://blog.decc.gov.uk/2013/12/04/changes-to-the-green-deal-and-the-energy-company-obligation/). He confirmed that the ECO scheme has been extended to 2017 with new targets set for Carbon Saving Communities (CSCO) and Affordable Warmth (AW). The CERO target has also been reduced by 33% and extended to 2017. Whilst there are no penalties as such for not meeting these targets, any underachieved 2015 targets will be carried through x1.1 to 2017.

“There are other levies far more regressive that government should have looked at. It was a lost opportunity for the Chancellor to bring in more public funding.” Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of National Energy Action commented during the session.

Charles Philips explained that the changes to ECO will be consulted on with Industry and he envisaged this would take place early next year. Any changes will need to be approved by parliament and Charles was hopeful that these changes would come into force in April 2014. “We will want help to determine the precise detail for ECO and the new money available. There is lots of detail to thrash through. ” he said.

The Retrofit Summit explored the challenges and opportunities in light of the recent DECC announcements on ECO and Green Deal. An exhibition comprising leading names from the Industry including EDF, Keepmoat, Willmott Dixon and SIG360 took part in the event and will be at the Business Design Centre again tomorrow (06 December) when the Retrofit London conference takes place focusing on the opportunities in the Capital. This conference, supported by the Mayor of London, will shed a light on the practicalities of retrofitting London, how to engage customers, retrofit business opportunities and the latest regulation, sources of funding and pioneering technologies.

To view the full Retrofit Summit programme, visit http://www.retrofit-summit.co.uk/programme

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