Now It's A Red Light For Green Deal - Knauf Insulation The recent Government announcement that outlines the secondary legislation to bring the Green Deal energy efficiency market into operation, has been met with a cautious response from Knauf Insulation. UK (I- Newswire) June 27, 2012 - Here, Steven Heath External Affairs Director for Northern Europe comments: "We very much welcome the Government's commitment to energy saving initiatives and have supported the Green Deal and ECO concepts since the beginning, believing the policies had the potential to transform the energy efficiency of our housing stock - yet the evolving detail in the scheme framework has led us to become increasingly concerned over its intended operation. The final design suggests a huge missed opportunity. "In principal, Green Deal has the ability to deliver the type of retrofit so desperately needed if the UK is to improve its ageing building stock, deliver the most cost effective CO2 emission cuts, along with providing a genuine job creation programme. However the Government's self- declared 'flagship' policy, looks set to become a niche programme as the numbers provided this week fall significantly short of the cited ambitions for the 14 million homes needing to be retrofitted and the creation of 65,000 jobs. "As far as insulation is concerned, the Impact Assessment describes small increases in the number of cavity wall installations and an even smaller increase in loft installs from the original consultation. But worryingly, these still fall short of current activity and the rate of loft insulation remains vastly lower than the 2.1 million per year which the Government's official advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, say is required for the UK to meet its targets. "The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statistics show that 10 million [43 percent] of all lofts remain inadequately insulated and eight million houses with cavity walls [42 percent] have yet to be insulated. In spite of this, the Impact Assessment outlines that just 364,000 loft installations are envisaged up to 2015 - greatly contrasting with previous years' figures*, with the full total prediction of just 1.7 million by 2022. "Alarmingly, the Government is back tracking on its promised expansion of solid wall installations, now showing no increase in current run rates - which actually equates to a 61 percent drop from the numbers proposed in the original consultation. The solid wall insulation figure appears to have gone from dangerously ambitious in the Green Deal consultation to actually offering a flat line in the level of installs against current activity. "The stark outlook for all three leading insulation measures under the new scheme is all the more surprising given the fact that upgrading the thermal efficiency of properties through loft or cavity wall insulation is one of the easiest and cheapest means of reducing energy use and carbon emissions. The industry's response to the consultation very clearly stated that if the high level ambitions of the programme were to be realised, then a smooth transition from the loft and cavity market to a safely growing solid wall insulation market was crucial. "The outcome of the Impact Assessment sees the Green Deal in danger of becoming a niche offering, attractive only to a small subset of the UK population, while having a highly developed and costly support structure built around it. We would argue that the best course of action now, if the Green Deal is to genuinely deliver against its potential, may be to introduce a new 12 month phase of the current CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) and CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) plans, whilst the Green Deal policy design is reconciled with stated ambitions."
Additional Resources About Knauf Insulation Ltd: Knauf Insulation is the UK's leading insulation company. It represents one of the most respected and progressive names in European building products. Knauf Insulation is the only UK manufacturer of glass mineral wool, rock mineral wool and extruded polystyrene insulation products, giving an unrivalled range for building, H&V, process and appliance insulation, as well as fabrication applications. Company Contact Information: Knauf Insulation Ltd Mark Taylor PO Box 10 Stafford Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 3NS Phone: 01744 766600 Published in: Environment Tags: Insulation loft insulation cavity wall insulation knauf solid wall insulation Published on: June 27, 2012 Original Source: Now It's A Red Light For Green Deal - Knauf Insulation