Opinion: Government must deliver joined up thinking on Green Deal (24dash.com)

  • Date: 28/01/2013
  • Source: Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Environment - 28th January 2013

In response to the Coalition’s Green Deal announcement today, Kim Vernau, CEO of new homes insurance provider BLP Insurance, highlights the key issues standing in the way of the Government delivering on its predictions of success.

Carbon confusion

Whilst the ultimate objective of the Green Deal is laudable there is a great sense of confusion surrounding the policy. Indeed, the Government’s omission to make further predictions on the number of households likely to benefit from the scheme, coupled with no indication of how much carbon is actually likely to be saved, has done little to stem doubts. Coupled with Eric Pickles refusal to enforce any element of compulsion in terms of extensions or conversions to property, and having to spend money to improve the efficiency of the original building contributes to the confusion.

Free boilers and insulation are glimmers of hope

A glimmer of hope for the scheme comes on the back of its initiative to replace old boilers for the cost of between £2,000 - £3,000, with no upfront costs for the property owner. Furthermore, the Government has also put aside £125 million for a “cashback” scheme to those fitting solid wall insulation in the amount of £650, and £220 for those fitting loft insulation, which will be offered on a “first-come, first-served” basis as a reward to those householders who have done work.

Criticism of blunders

Criticism is already rolling in for the scheme that promised so much and seems set to fall short of delivery. The Green Deal has been beset by a number of implementation difficulties, coupled with the failure of the  Government to deliver joined up thinking. Whilst the British public remain keen to implement the scheme, resolving these issues is not in their hands.

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