DECC research suggests Green Deal will flop

Government's flagship green policy appears doomed after figures show 93 per cent decline in efficiency measure

When I read this I thought - bound to be from a govt anti, but no it's from within their own.  Let's hope having now made these findings they act positivly upon it.  Take a look.........

The new data, obtained by Building magazine and from Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC's) own impact assessment, throws the government's grand ambition into serious doubt. Current government schemes that subsidise insulation have resulted in just over one million lofts a year being lagged in recent years, yet this will plunge to just 70,000 a year under the green deal, according to DECC figures. This is also far below the two million per year required to meet climate targets.

For cavity walls, the current 510,000 a year being filled will fall to 170,000, a drop of 67 per cent, and again far below the 1.4 million a year required.

"These stunning figures show that the government's Green Deal is in danger of becoming a car crash," said Luciana Berger, Labour's shadow climate change minister. "At a time when millions of families are struggling with their energy bills, it beggars belief that this government will cut the number of people getting help to insulate their homes by as much as 90 per cent, scrapping successful schemes introduced by Labour.

"The most effective way people can save money on their bills is by improving their home's energy efficiency, but this government is so out of touch it is making it harder to do."

Existing insulation schemes subsidise the cost of insulation.  The funding comes from a levy of £25 a year on all bills and from government coffers. The Green Deal, by contrast, offers no subsidy for these measures and instead provides a loan enabling the up-front costs to be paid back using the savings made on heating bills.

"The paradox is that the government's own impact assessment suggests the policy will not deliver its objective.  There is a difference between the rhetoric and their own assessment."
David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

He said the Green Deal removed the existing obligations on energy companies to deliver installations and left it to the open market to deliver. "We think there is a significant risk in leaving it to the market, as that has never worked anywhere in the world and is unlikely to happen in the UK."

In the UK, DECC statistics show that 10 million (43 per cent) of all lofts remain unlagged and eight million houses with cavity walls (42 per cent) have yet to be insulated.

"DECC has been staring a big question in the face for a long time: why would people take out a loan to pay for something they can currently get cheap or for free?" said Dave Timms, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth.