The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has said it ‘continues to be disappointed’ with the slow progress of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), following the release of the latest statistics, which, the GGF claims, ‘continue to show how the scheme is not working for the replacement window industry’.
These statistics, giving details on the Green Deal up to the end of December 2014 and the ECO up to the end of November 2014, show a decrease in the number of Green Deal Assessments in December, which is being attributed to the Christmas break.
According to the GGF, the scheme has not taken off as quickly as originally promised by former DECC minister, Greg Barker and has been marred with bad press, including reports of consumers’ promised ‘cashback’ payments failing to materialise.
It is reported that only 17 window installations had taken place using Green Deal Finance up to November 2014 and 64 windows were installed with cashback payments up to the end of November 2014 in England and Wales.
The number of windows installed using ECO funding included: 999 via the Carbon Saving Target element of the ECO, 1,408 via the Carbon Saving Community element of the ECO and one via the Affordable Warmth element of the ECO. These represent 0.2% of the measures installed via ECO funding.