Construction industry experts have hit out at the government over planned reductions to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Cuts to the ECO announced today (2 November) which will see energy providers’ green obligations reduced by 33 per cent in the run up to 2017 have been slammed by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).
Dubbed a ‘green tax’, the ECO is currently the only regulation that forces energy companies to fund energy efficiency improvements for low income households.
Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: ‘Make no mistake, this is bad news for people who cannot afford to heat their homes, especially if they live in solid walled properties, and bad news for thousands of construction industry workers who may well be joining the dole queue this Christmas.
‘It remains perverse that the Prime Minister is attempting to reduce energy bills by slashing the very scheme that is designed to bring them down for good.
‘We have to recognise that some in the Coalition have fought hard for a package of incentives to sweeten the pill. Encouraging households to take up energy efficiency measures when moving into a property through a “Stamp Duty rebate” is something we have repeatedly called for.’
The number of solid wall insulation installations energy suppliers are required to make under ECO will be reduced to 25,000 per year over the new four year period. In 2012 alone, 80,000 solid wall insulation measures were installed through the scheme.
The government has hailed that these changes to the ECO will save householders £35 per a year on energy bills.