Green Deal to roll out later than expected.
Green Deal delayed until 2013
Published: 21 September, 2012
LONDON: The Government has conceded that implementation of its flagship Green Deal will have to be delayed until 2013, with retrofit work not expected to come to market until February.
The Green Deal was due to start this October, with the industry hoping it would lead to a spike in retrofit work in the final quarter of 2012. Energy secretary Ed Davey this week confirmed that, although the legal framework for the Green Deal will be in place from 1 October, households will not be able to get work until after 28 January, when the finance mechanism to enable them to pay for the Green Deal through their energy bills is in place.
Mr Davey said: "Most aspects of the Green Deal will start on 1 October, but the finance plans can only be signed from 28 January next year. Under the Green Deal legislation, you have to enter the plan before the work is done."
He added that the Government would not "ramp up" promotion of the Green Deal until January. A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson confirmed that although households could get their homes assessed for energy-efficiency improvements from next month, the work could not be carried out until after 28 January.
The news comes amid concerns the Green Deal's; soft launch' and delays to its full implementation could undermine the industry, with insulation industry leaders writing to government ministers this month warning of job losses.
Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, said: "Everyone anxious to see the Green Deal succeed will be alarmed that the original concept of a big launch in October 2012 has now gone.
"It is little wonder that the CEOs of insulation firms are warning of 44% job losses next year - a very different reality compared with that rosy picture contained in the original government projections of quadrupling insulation employment by 2015."