The UK Green Building Council has responded to the latest statistics showing steady growth of the Government’s Green Deal scheme.
The figures showed that almost 1,500 Green Deal plans were registered last month – bringing the total number of plans in progress to 7,207 at the end of October (up from 5,736 at the end of September).
However, the number of installations under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) continue to be at low levels, with just 23,325 installations in September, compared to a high of almost 100,000 in March – when the energy companies were incentivised to deliver carbon savings with uplifts in carbon scores (see notes to editors).
Richard Twinn, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at UK GBC, said:
“With a record number of new Green Deal’s last month, we’re starting to see a break in the clouds for the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme.
“But it’s not all blue skies just yet – the recent rise in plans isn’t even close to making up for the drop in energy saving measures being installed under its sister scheme ECO. We need to see continued demand in energy efficiency into next year if the Green Deal is to truly weather the storm.”