Mayday call from Green Deal flagship
Just 1,612 households had Green Deal loan schemes in progress last month, and only 626 were “live” with all measures installed. When the private loan scheme was relaunched in May 2013, Ministers signaled that they wanted to see about 10,000 Green Deals completed in the scheme’s first year. But DECC figures show that last month saw a modest increase in the number of participating households in December, from 1,478 to 1,612 over the month. The UK Green Building Council said the latest figures “should come as a wake-up call to government that the Green Deal is not delivering in its current form”.
One of the big problems with the scheme is the funding gap caused by its “golden rule”. This places a limit on how much households can borrow so their repayments are less than the cost of energy savings. The number of Green Deal assessments has continued to rise, climbing from 117,454 to 129,388 during December. Yet, the increase in assessments (see below) was 21% lower than that achieved in November.
Meanwhile, Andrew Warren, CEO for the Association for the Conservation of Energy, has roundly criticised the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles for undermining higher energy efficiency standards in new buildings. His op-ed piece in the ENDS report (January 2014) points to government failures to deliver a pathway to higher new building energy standards, at a time when we are many years behind European standards with similar climates. Energy efficiency certificates are not being implemented as required, or updated. Small buildings have been exempt from regular updates. He is currently consulting on removing local authority powers to set higher minimum standards for new buildings.