No UK households have completed green deal process, figures show
Not a single home in the country has been modified to fully meet the energy efficiency plan as take up remains ‘worryingly slow’
Five months after its launch, not a single household in the UK has completed the process of making their home more energy efficient under the government’s flagship green deal, according to figures released on Thursday.
Nearly 40,000 assessments – in which experts visit properties to see what measures would best be undertaken – have been carried out, but only four households are registered in the system as finalising green deal plans, whereby works are installed and paid for by the scheme’s financing. A further 241 households have confirmed they would like to proceed with financing.
But not a single household has what is known as a “live” green deal plan, where the works have been undertaken and details of the repayments on electricity bills have been passed to its energy supplier. The figures include data up to 16 June.
More than 5,000 people have registered for the green deal scheme’s “cashback”, with 968 being paid a total of just over £250,000. Virtually all of the cashback payments – 99% of them – were for boiler upgrades, with just one for loft insulation and one for solid wall insulation. Last year the climate minister, Greg Barker, wrote in the Guardian: “Eight million solid wall homes have had no affordable solution to insulate. The green deal will change that.”
I like how “zero” homes completed in five months is only ”worryingly slow.” Or maybe “worryingly slow” is a Britishism for ”total failure.”