UK-GBC slams green deal's low take-up
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Central Government
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The UK Green Building Council has spoken out after official figures revealed that, in its first year, the government's green deal has led to only 626 homes having energy efficiency measures installed.
The figures also show that 1,612 households had green deal plans in progress and almost 130,000 assessments had been completed up to the end of December 2013.
Paul King, UK-GBC chief executive, said: “This latest set of figures, coming a year since the policy launched, should come as a wake-up call to government that the green deal is not delivering in its current form.
“Government must recognise energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and be prepared to delve into its purse to make its flagship policy more appealing through stronger incentives and more attractive finance options.”
In response to the low take-up figures, UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is calling for urgent and radical action from the government.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We need imagination and vision to deliver real energy savings for the long-term. It is pathetic that just 626 homes have completed installing energy efficient measures under the Government’s Green Deal.
“Energy companies have a better track record, but using the conversion from town to natural gas as a blueprint we could create energy efficient homes across the whole country.
“We must stop the obscene amount of heat that goes out of our windows, doors and walls straight up into the atmosphere.”