UK Green Deal's 'shambolic launch'
Environmental companies around Britain are up in arms after the Government's flagship Green Deal for homeowners was "launched" without ceremony this week, with the environment minister, Greg Barker
on a junket in Tanzania.
An energy efficiency organisation, Green Deal Consulting, called the launch "a shambles" and said the Government is letting down the industry with its dithering and lack of leadership.
MD Andy Wynter said: "I'm very, angry and so are all the other companies that have paid thousands of pounds to train the special assessors that were needed to ensure the scheme operated properly from this week.
"The Government has so failed to give clarity on a number of areas and industry leaders are loosing faith in the scheme before it has even got off the ground, while the minister responsible has gone off to Africa with a trade delegation. What does this tell you about the Government's sincerity?"
The Green Deal is supposed to give householders the opportunity to have energy efficient home improvements done to their property at no upfront cost, with the improvements being paid for by the savings on their energy bills.
But Green Deal Consulting, based in Cannock, Staffordshire, says key components, such as the fees assessors will be paid for visiting homes, are not in place and the end of January could be optimistic if more Green Deal providers are not found who support the importance of the energy assesments.
"Twitter is buzzing with comments and condemnation at the Government's shambolic launch of what could be a really good scheme," added Andy.
Green Deal is the Government’s new flagship initiative to reduce carbon emissions from UK homes and businesses.
Green Deal Consulting is a Green Deal Advisor, assisting homeowners, businesses, installers and local authorities with all aspects of the Government Green Deal scheme. This includes the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and recommending accredited installers to carry out work advised by the Green Deal Assessment.