Green deal: Just 133 households have signed up for energy efficiency scheme

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The UK has completed its first Green Deal package, marking a milestone for the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy.

Government statistics released today also revealed 133 households had signed up to the Green Deal by the end of July and 286 homes are poised to embark on a Green Deal plan after obtaining a quote.

The figures showed that one Green Deal Plan went live in July, with energy efficiency measures installed in the property and loan repayment information attached to the household’s energy bill.

In another encouraging sign, the number of assessments undertaken rose to 58,124 by the end of July up from 44,479 at the end of June.

The figures are likely to be welcomed by the energy efficiency industry, as a sign that the Green Deal is now beginning to get off the ground following a slow start blamed on software and legal issues. The finance packages for homes and businesses seeking to fit approved energy efficiency have only been available since May, despite the scheme officially launching in January.

Separate figures released last week revealed that the government has so far spent more than £16m on rolling out and marketing the Green Deal. However, there businesses remain concerned that the Green Deal will fail to deliver the required carbon cuts to meet UK’s emissions reduction targets.

The UK Green Building Council has repeatedly called on the government to provide further incentives for the Green Deal, such as tying energy efficiency improvements to stamp duty or council tax breaks, or extending the existing £125m scheme that provides cashback for early adopters of the Green Deal.

via Green deal: just 133 households have signed up for energy efficiency scheme | Environment | theguardian.com.

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