UK-GBC responds to Green Deal assessment figures
- Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:57
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Almost 19,000 Green Deal assessments have been lodged since the scheme launched at the end of January, the latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show.
A total of 18,816 assessments had been lodged by the end of last month, with 9,522 in April alone. This total is more than double the 9,294 that had been completed by the end of March.
Richard Griffiths, Policy and Campaigns Consultant at the UK Green Building Council, 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."