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Select Committee slams DECC for lack of Green Deal clarity

The Energy and Climate Change Committee have released a report to identify a number of potential challenges which could lead to a low take up of the Green Deal.

It highlighted that people in rented accommodation might have difficulty gaining consents from their landlords, households might find the “hassle” of building works too much to want to upgrade their property, or cheaper sources of finance might be available from other sources.

The committee says that if take up levels are low, it will be important to understand why this is, so that the policy can be improved.

Green Heat managing director Peter Thom described the accreditation system as “onerous” and suggested that “costs are disproportionate and much of the training accreditation and inspections are unnecessary”.

The report calls on the government to publish information showing how well the Green Deal is progressing. The committee also says that the DECC should seek opportunities to collaborate with research organisations to maximise its understanding of whether the scheme is working well.

Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee Tim Yeo MP said: “Our role is to hold government to account. But it’s impossible to do this if the Government itself cannot explain precisely what it is hoping to achieve through its policies.”

“It’s unacceptable that, three years in to the life of this Parliament, ministers are unable to explain what success would look like of one of the coalition’s flagship policies.”

“At a time when gas and electricity bills are on the rise, improving the energy efficiency of our homes could not be more important.

“My committee therefore hopes that the Green Deal will be a success. It is only right that such a high-profile policy is subject to proper scrutiny so that corrective measures can be put in place quickly if it is failing to deliver.”

The committee plans to monitor progress of the Green Deal over the coming years. 

The report sets out seven key areas in which it will focus its scrutiny:  public awareness and communications; take-up levels; energy and carbon savings; financial savings and value for money; access to the Green Deal and ECO; customer satisfaction; and supply chain and job creation.

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