• 6 April 2016

ECI Green Deal Scheme predictions proved correct by National Audit Office

Photo: Thermogram of a Passivhaus building, with traditional building in background CC Passivhaus Institut

The National Audit Office (NAO) has now published its report on the failed Green Deal scheme. The scheme, which was launched in January 2013, claimed to deliver energy and carbon savings by offering loans to improve domestic energy efficiency.

The NAO report is highly critical, finding that the scheme cost taxpayers £240 million without stimulating any additional energy savings. It also finds that the Government knew in advance that the Green Deal policy would be much less effective than the policy it replaced in 2012.

The key piece of evidence for this, and the only piece of academic work cited by the NAO, is a paper by ECI researchers Jan Rosenow and Nick Eyre, undertaken as part of the work of the UK Energy Research Centre.

Commenting on the report the Leader of the ECI's Energy Programme, Dr Nick Eyre said “The NAO report now confirms our analysis. We showed in advance that the Green Deal was a retrograde policy and, sadly, the evidence for its implementation now confirms we were correct. The lack of any adequate energy efficiency policy in the UK is increasing consumer bills and energy insecurity, as well as preventing a cost effective approach to delivering climate targets.”

"The lack of any adequate energy efficiency policy in the UK is increasing consumer bills and energy insecurity, as well as preventing a cost effective approach to delivering climate targets."

Dr Nick Eyre, Leader, Energy Research Programme and Jackson Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

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