The Green Deal is the biggest home improvement scheme since the Second World War – but how big is it?
The energy efficiency drive is the Government’s flagship scheme designed to help consumers save money on their fuel bills and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.
The big news is that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that £60,000 jobs will be supported in the insulation sector by 2015, up from 26,000 in 2011.
But it’s not just the insulation sector which will benefit.
With 45 energy efficiency measures available under the Green Deal, many other sectors will be able to participate in the scheme including double glazing, heating and lighting.
The DECC said that if all 26 million households in the UK took up the Green Deal over the next 20 years, employment in the sector would rise from its current level of 27,000 to something approaching 250,000.
£3.5 million worth of funding has been made available by the DECC for training in key Green Deal skills.
The Government said it will help pay for 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships.
“We have worked hand in hand with industry to get this right and are targeting funding at the areas where there is an urgent need as well as a clear demand,” Energy Secretary Ed Davey said.
“We hope this will encourage businesses across the country to fully prepare their staff for the Green Deal.”
The DECC will provide £3m and CITB Construction Skills will provide a further £500,000 towards the training of insulation installers.
Consumers look set to benefit from lower fuel bills under the Green Deal with the implementation of any energy efficiency improvements.
The “Golden Rule” of the Green Deal is that Green Deal Finance payments must be equal to, if not less than the cost of implementing the measures.
To give consumers an idea of scale, the Energy Saving Trust said installing loft insulation of up to 270mm could save £175 per year, in the average home.
The average cost of implementation is around £100 to £350, so the measure would pay for itself over two years.
The DECC estimates that eight million households could benefit from solid wall insulation – which could cost from £5,500 for internal walls, yet save around £445 per year.
And the Department said that four million properties could benefit from cavity wall insulation which costs from between £100 to £350. It would save the average household around £125 per year.
Early adopters of the Green Deal scheme could also benefit from £125 million which has been made available in a cash back scheme.
Householders could receive up to £1,000 in cash after signing up to a Green Deal Finance Plan.
Not only is that cash in consumers’ pockets but gives householders warmer, more comfortable homes, with little or no up-front costs.
In 2011, the Government published its carbon plan in a bid to hit its 2050 target to reduce emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels.
Leaky buildings account for 38% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Improvements such as insulation, double glazing and efficient boilers can help reduce this figure.
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the “big six” energy companies have targets which they must adhere to.
That includes the wider targets:
- A carbon emissions reduction of 20.9 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide
- A carbon saving community of 6.8 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide
- A home heating cost reduction of £4.2bn cost savings
The DECC said the Green Deal is expected to result in net business costs of an estimated £1.3 billion a year and around £14 billion of private sector investment over the next decade.
Those are big numbers and Green Deal Central, as a future Green Deal Provider, can facilitate participation in the scheme so neither consumers nor workers miss out.