Leading insulation supplier, Knauf Insulation joined forces with other principal organisations to issue a letter to the Rt. Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, detailing their grave concerns over the current framework of the Green Deal.
Greenpeace UK, Which? WWF UK and National Pensioners Convention have also co-signed the letter, outlining their fears that the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in their current form risk not delivering for consumers, the economy or the environment.
With millions of homes still requiring loft and cavity wall insulation, the organisations are calling for Government to extend even further support for these low-cost, high-impact measures, particularly during the transitional period.
John Sinfield, Managing Director at Knauf Insulation comments: “We are all very encouraged by the continued commitment from Government to energy saving initiatives and do believe that the Green Deal and ECO have the potential to be successful – but only if the framework is correct.
“The Final Impact Assessment for the Green Deal predicts a significant fall in the uptake of loft and cavity wall insulation – with job losses in this sector inevitable. Given solid wall installations are also forecast to be below 2012 levels, we do not see how Government can forecast increased employment in the insulation sector. Not only this, but there is the impact on consumers’ ability to cut their energy bills and on the home insulation industry, which will seriously undermine attempts to cut carbon emissions.”
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