Press Release:
NIA calls for urgent intervention as latest DECC statistics for Green Deal and ECO show that insulation activity levels continue to be well below expectations and requirements

Release Date 23 September 2013

Commenting on the latest Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 19th September, Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) said: "The figures are extremely disappointing and of huge concern.  Whilst there was a small increase in the number of insulation installations in July compared to June the number of installations in 2013 remains well short of what is needed and there is no sign of the ramping up in volumes that is required.

"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. There are still 7m solid walls, 5m cavity walls and 7m lofts that need insulating in the UK.

"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 seven months of 2013 GD/ECO have delivered at a rate equivalent to just 114,000 Cavity Wall, 135,000 Loft and 12,000 Solid Wall installations per annum which is very bad news for carbon savings, consumer’s energy bills and jobs in the insulation industry.

"The numbers of measures and associated carbon savings are also significantly below what was to be expected a quarter of the way through the ECO programme with cavity wall insulation 65% down and solid wall insulation over 70% down."

The NIA wants Green Deal and ECO to succeed and the association and its members are undertaking a wide range of activities to stimulate demand.  However, the continued lack of activity in these schemes can no longer be attributed to a slow start and the NIA is therefore calling for urgent Government intervention in order to accelerate the pace of insulation delivery:

- Development of a robust 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.

- Incentives for Local Authorities and Housing Associations to engage in joint funded ECO projects.  

- 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.

- Urgent changes to the Green Deal Cash Back Scheme to increase participation and uptake of insulation measures – 97% of measures installed under the cash back to date are boilers compared to just 3% for insulation!

- 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 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

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