Knauf Insulation has condemned comments made by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in which he suggests that the poor take up of Green Deal is due to a shortage of solid wall insulation installers.
Mr Davey made the comments in an interview published by Building magazine, in which he was quoted as saying: “The demand for Green Deal, which people thought would be a problem, isn’t proving a problem, but the supply for some things that people are wanting is not there…. We’re not seeing enough people out there offering solid wall insulation.”
John Sinfield, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, commented: “I am shocked that Ed Davey has the gall to shift the blame for the Green Deal’s dismal performance onto the insulation industry. There are plenty of solid wall insulation installer companies – the real problem is that the Green Deal has failed to deliver the level of projects required and so tackling owner-occupier properties is not a viable business model for these companies.
“There has been a dramatic increase in training and capacity in preparation for the Green Deal and ECO – at our ThermoShell® Training Academy alone we have trained more than 850 people to become approved installers of our solid wall insulation systems since we opened last year. But the Government’s refusal to introduce tangible incentives mean the work has simply not materialised.
“With the latest Green Deal statistics showing that in the seven months since the scheme launched, only one plan has actually gone live despite nearly 60,000 assessments, this is clearly down to a serious market failure, not a shortage of installers. The Government must now accept that the Green Deal is in crisis and introduce the demand drivers that are so desperately needed, such as linking Stamp Duty to energy efficiency and opening up access to cash backs and incentives for ALL generic energy efficiency retrofits.”