Buildings that leak heat and waste energy account for 38% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Research has shown that people feel unable to act because they can’t afford the upfront costs of energy efficiency improvements or are unsure whether they can trust the quality of work.
We have introduced the Green Deal an ambitious and long term initiative designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes.
It lets householders and businesses pay towards the cost of energy-saving improvements to their properties, over time, through savings on their energy bills, using suppliers they can trust.
For those most in need and for properties that are harder to treat, extra help may be available through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
How we’re managing the Green Deal
Creating a new system
- worked with industry, local government, voluntary sector and communities to develop plans for the Green Deal
- consulted widely to get input into the development of secondary legislation about the Green Deal and ECO
- set up a £125 million cashback scheme for householders in England and Wales installing energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal.
- set up the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund for householders in England and Wales installing solid wall insulation and/or packages of energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal. The first release proved very popular. We’ve made a second release of funds available, open for new applications on 10 December 2014.
- created a financing mechanism that lets consumers pay back financing through their electricity bills
- created the ECO to help some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes, who qualify for extra financial assistance
Setting the right standards
Businesses providing energy efficiency improvements must be authorised to operate under the Green Deal by:
- receiving industry accreditation for their relevant area of work
- registering with the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body
- signing up to and abiding by the Green Deal code of practice
- using the Green Deal Quality Mark
We have considered Consumer rights and protection at every stage of developing the Green Deal.
Providing impartial information and advice
We have helped consumers to understand what is available by:
- setting up a national energy savings advice service that provides advice
- producing a range of guidance and advice documents and research
- spending nearly £5m in advertising, public relations and marketing, related to promoting the Green Deal scheme since it was launched. This includes a £2.9 million communication campaign to build understanding of and trust in the Green Deal.
Funding for partners involved in the Green Deal
- Provided a £7 million loan to support development of the Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC), which will help fund Green Deal providers.
- Given £88 million for Green Deal Communities , a street by street roll out of the Green Deal, supporting 24 local authorities. This figure includes additional support for installer training to help build supply chain readiness.
- Provided £23m of funding through Core Cities and Pioneer Places initiatives. These include 8 major cities and 39 Pioneer Places (150 local authorities) to support delivery of the scheme.
The Green Deal programme will support the creation of up to 60,000 jobs in the insulation sector alone by 2015.
Our heating and insulation measures will benefit around 230,000 low-income households each year.
By 2020 the Green Deal could reduce UK household and business carbon emissions by 4.5 million tonnes per year.
Around 3 million hard-to-treat cavity wall properties will be eligible for support under the ECO.
Green Deal and ECO statistics
The latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have been published. These include summary figures on the number of GD assessments, as well as information on ECO brokerage and the GD supply chain.
ECO and Green Deal evaluation
All the research on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have been published. These include reports on the Green Deal and ECO customer journey, Green Deal assessments and the Green Deal and ECO supply chain.
You can read more about the Green Deal in our detailed guides: