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MPs call for greater scrutiny over Green Deal success

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The Energy and Climate Change Committee has criticised the lack of understanding in how to measure the success of the Green Deal

MPs on the government’s select committee laid into ministers for being unable to define what they hope to achieve through the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy which launched back in January 2013.

In a report, published today (22 May) entitled ‘The Green Deal, watching brief’, MPs said: ‘There is some confusion about exactly what outcomes DECC is expecting to see. We were disappointed that the minister was not able to give us a clear idea of what success would look like.

‘This is problematic because without this information, it will be impossible to tell whether delivery is happening according to plan, exceeding expectations or whether improvements are required. We hope that DECC will be able to provide greater clarity on this point.’

The chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, Tim Yeo added: ‘Our role is to hold Government to account. But it’s impossible to do this if the Government itself cannot explain precisely what it is hoping to achieve through its policies.’

The UK Green Building Council’s chief executive Paul King has also agreed with this: ‘With rocketing energy bills becoming a real worry for householders; it’s encouraging that Government has moved home energy efficiency higher up the agenda.  However, while there are positive signs that the Green Deal is helping to catalyse greater interest in home retrofit, there is a lack of clarity about what success looks like. Government needs to work with the private sector, to produce a clear route map for retrofitting the UK’s 26 million gas-guzzling homes, detailing what needs to be achieved, by when – giving industry the confidence to invest in a new market of energy services and retrofit solutions’.

The committee plans to monitor progress of the Green Deal over the coming years.  The report sets out seven key areas in which it will focus including public awareness and communications, take-up levels, energy and carbon savings, financial savings and value for money, access to the Green Deal and ECO, customer satisfaction, and supply chain and job creation.

The report calls on the Government to publish information showing how well the Green Deal is progressing and also to collaborate with researchers to gain a better understanding of how the scheme is working.  

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