Green Deal assessments total 1,800 in first month
Figures have been released for the number of Green Deal assessments which have taken place since its launch
Government statistics show 1,803 Green Deal assessments have been carried out since the scheme was launched on 28 January.
These numbers do not reflect the number of people who actually go forward to carry out improvements on their homes, and figures for this are not yet available. The Department for Energy and Climate Change have said this data will be released in June 2013.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, said: ‘We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum. In little more than a month, there have been 1,803 Green Deal assessments and that shows genuine interest from consumers.
‘We have created the Green Deal to overhaul our inefficient housing stock and help people keep their homes warm, while also reducing their energy bills. And as the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow.
‘The number of businesses getting on board is increasing daily – highlighting the growing confidence that the Green Deal offers fantastic new opportunities. 40 firms are already authorised as providers, with a further 629 registered to carry out installations and 619 individuals registered to offer assessments. This underlines that the Green Deal is very much up and running.’
Commenting on the figures, John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK-GBC, said: ‘It’s great to see the momentum building behind the Green Deal. While much of this activity will have been driven by DECC-funded local authority projects, it still demonstrates that the public are taking note of the scheme and getting involved.
‘However, the initial rush provided by these early projects, and the subsequent take-up driven by the cash-back scheme is likely to prove unsustainable in the long-term if Government fails to put in place lasting, structural incentives. We would hope to see proposals in this respect included in next week’s budget.’