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“Green Deal as it stands is a failure”

Industry professionals gathered at the Royal Society on Monday 24 March to speak at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar to discuss the future for the Green Deal.

Speaking at the seminar, “The future for the Green Deal: engagement, integration and tackling fuel poverty”, Jackson Senior Research Fellow Dr Nick Eyre said the Green Deal is currently a failure.

However, he did highlight some changes that could be made to help the scheme become more of a success.

He said the scheme should deliver cheap measures for the consumer and target ambitious refurbishment projects. He said the Green Deal is currently not designed to do either of these because of the Golden Rule.

Dr Eyre also said the scheme will work by providing incentives for customers and focusing on consumer engagement.

One audience member claimed there needs to be greater customer awareness whilst another audience member argued that people who are able to make the changes to their home will not want to take out a loan.

Dr Eyre said the scheme requires radical thinking on the government’s part.

Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood also said the Green Deal finance package is not working.

He argued more needs to be done to encourage take up by explaining the financial gain. According to Mr Sellwood, the scheme needs to target houses that would benefit the most.

An audience member highlighted the importance of providing customers with the health benefits which could arise through adopting renewable measures.

Which? principal policy advisor Simon Osborn said there has been insufficient research to help the industry understand why the take up has been very low.

Other speakers, including Gemserv principal consultant Jonathan Harley, mentioned the forthcoming general election will most likely have an effect on the scheme.