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Green Deal numbers continue to rise

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More than 18,800 Green Deal assessments have taken place since the scheme launched in January

The latest Green Deal statistics released today (14 May) show a total of 18,816 assessments had been lodged by the end of last month, with 9,522 in April.

Though initial take up had been slow - just 1,800 people signing up the scheme in its first month - numbers have continued to grow as the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme gained momentum.

However these numbers do not reflect the number of people who will actually go forward to carry out improvements to 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.

Richard Griffiths of the UK-GBC, said: ‘As we saw a month ago, the number of Green Deal assessments continues to grow and that is encouraging. But we are now reaching the point where we must surely start to see a significant number of these turn into Green Deal plans. Early reports suggest that this is starting to happen, but not yet at a rate commensurate with the challenge we face in retrofitting the UK’s homes.

‘The real test will come in a couple of months’ time, when the DECC funded assessments have worked through the system. Will the rate of assessments we have seen so far be maintained, and can we be hopeful that a reasonable proportion of those who received free assessments will turn out to be genuinely serious customers for the scheme? If the answer turns out to be “no” to either of these questions, the Government should commit to acting on the lessons learned from the first six months and step in to introduce measures to drive demand for retrofit.’

Government should commit to acting on lessons learned from the first six months and introduce measures to drive demand for retrofit

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: ‘The Green Deal market is showing healthy signs of growth since its launch at the end of January with 18,816 Green Deal assessments carried out by the end of April. That’s over double the amount of assessments undertaken by the end of March.

‘It’s still early days for this long term initiative, but this is a clear sign of growing interest from consumers, with people keen to improve the efficiency of their homes to make them warmer and help save money on bills.

‘As the number of householders getting on board continues to rise, the number of businesses offering Green Deal services is also building momentum. At the end of April there were 55 authorised Green Deal providers, 1,274 individuals registered to carry out assessments and 942 organisations signed up to carry out installations. It’s fantastic to see householders and businesses cottoning on to the benefits and rising to the challenge.’

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