Reflecting on the slow death of Britain’s Green Deal

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Energy in Demand - Sustainable Energy - Rod Janssen

Many posts have been written in recent years about the rise and then demise of the Green Deal. Andrew Warren, a regular contributor to EiD and undoubtedly our most prolific commenter, writes an important post in the November/December issue of the magazine Energy in Buildings and Industry, questioning who is responsible for its slow death.

From insomnia to extinction

This summer, just after Parliament rose for its summer break, the Government unceremoniously killed off its flagship energy efficiency programme.

The Green Deal Finance scheme had initially been intended to be biggest home improvement programme since 1945, improving 15m homes during this decade, according to its lead minister, the Conservative Greg (now Lord) Barker.

He it was who memorably went on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme in March 2013, shortly after a less than triumphant launch. And admitted that “if we don’t have 10,000 Green Deal plans by the…

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