Press Release:
NIA response to the latest Green Deal/ECO statistics

Release Date 23 July 2013

Commenting on the latest Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 18th July, Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) said: "whilst there was a small increase in the number of insulation installations in May compared to April the number of installations in 2013 remains well short of what is required.

"There are some 7m solid walls, 5m cavity walls and 7m lofts that still need insulating and in its annual report in June the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) stressed the need to maintain and increase the pace of insulation installations to meet the Carbon Budgets.

"Based on 2012 levels this would require some 600k cavities, 1.2m lofts and over 80k Solid Walls to be insulated each year – which is achievable and would require levels of activity built up over many years to be maintained. However, over the first five months of 2013 ECO has delivered at a rate equivalent to just 94,000 Cavity Wall, 139,000 Loft and 7,500 Solid Wall installations per annum which is very bad news for carbon savings, consumer’s energy bills and jobs in the insulation industry."

The NIA is supportive in principle of the Green Deal and ECO and the association and its members are undertaking a wide range of activities to stimulate activity. However, Green Deal and ECO have been very slow to get off the ground and the continued low level of activity indicates that further urgent intervention is needed to kick start insulation installations.

The NIA and its members are keen to work with Government and other stakeholders in accelerating the pace of insulation delivery and maximising the success of the Green Deal and ECO and is calling for the following urgent actions to be taken:

- Development of a robust, sustainable delivery plan for insulation measures for the remainder of the current ECO to include agreed volumes for individual insulation measures and regular reporting against these to enable any slippage to be identified and acted upon.

- Simplification and standardisation of the ECO guidance to remove any blockers.

- Adjustments made to the Green Deal Cashback Scheme to make it more attractive and easier for households to access and small businesses to participate.

- The introduction of additional incentives and further regulation to minimise the delivery risks for insulation measures under the new policy framework that have been identified by the CCC.

- A high-profile, government-backed, national communications programme to increase awareness and understanding of the Green Deal and ECO amongst the general public.

For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01327 701 702 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

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