• Posted 09/10/2012

Following last week’s soft launch of Green Deal and with more information being released this week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the GGF maintains its cautious position on the Green Deal.

Department of Energy and Climate Change Press Statement

On 1st October 2012, the legal framework for the Green Deal was put in place. This regulatory green light signals to industry that the market can now get started.

In practice it means that Green Deal providers, assessors and installers can start to become authorised, and display the Green Deal Quality Mark, and put in place their systems for delivering assessments to consumers - although consumers won't be able to sign up to a Green Deal finance plan until 28th January 2013.

The Green Deal will remove the biggest barriers to demand for energy efficiency solutions, opening up the market for more participants and giving people more choice.

From late January, Green Deal Providers will be able to offer Green Deal plans to consumers and begin delivering energy efficiency and heating measures and go on to meet the Government's ambitions for a major programme of national energy efficiency retrofit.

The Green Deal will empower consumers by giving them new ways of funding home improvements, and empower businesses by enabling them to compete for energy efficiency opportunities in new and innovative ways. It will boost the low carbon economy by supporting up to 60,000 jobs in the insulation sector alone by 2015, up from around 26,000 today.

The Green Deal could see British homes and businesses save enough energy to power 1 million homes in 2020.

Businesses wanting to find out about the Green Deal for the first time can find out more on the Green Deal Industry pages (on  or contact the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body 


Commenting on the statement, Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive underlined the Federation’s concerns and position, “We are still not convinced that Green Deal and ECO in their current state will have a major impact on our Members and our industry generally. We have expressed these concerns to Government ministers and officials and will continue to do so, on behalf of our Members. In the meantime, we advise our Members in the Home Improvement Sector to at least be prepared. Become Green Deal Certified through our subsidiary company FENSA and be in the position to gain any work that may come from Green Deal.”

The GGF will be adding Green Deal and ECO information to its website as it arrives from the Government. This week DECC has released three trade publications for companies interested in undertaking Green Deal work. To view these publications simply click on the links below:

The Green Deal Code of Practice

How the Green Deal will reflect the in-situ performance of energy efficient measures 

Green Deal Quality Mark Requirements and Guidelines

For more information on Green Deal and ECO, please visit to the Green Deal section of the GGF Website

If you have a comment to make or any information relating to this article please contact the GGF

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