Launch of non-domestic Green Deal to be delayed
Government Ministers had planned to introduce the Green Deal into both houses and businesses in October however the Department for Energy and Climate Change has recently discussed their new intention for a phased introduction.
A representative of DECC explained:
“It is likely the Green Deal for business won’t be launched at the same time as the Green Deal for domestic but this is because it is such a complex area and we need to get it right. We are discussing how best to do this with industry, who are telling us they support our decision to have a managed introduction of the Green Deal to ensure its success from day one. It is probable, however, that many small business will be able to take part in the domestic scheme.”
The delay will have particular consequences for landlords and businesses who will now have to wait longer to take advantage of energy efficiency measures at no upfront cost.
Stephen O’Hara, Chairman of the Property and Energy Professionals Association said:
“If it is true the Government plans to implement a staged introduction of the Green Deal then we would welcome this decision. While its plans for domestic buildings are well advanced and appear on track for the planned October introduction, it has been clear for some time that plans for non-domestic buildings require further clarification and exploration."
PEPA has been calling for a phased introduction to the Green Deal on the basis it feels there are a number of outstanding issues relating to the non-domestic market that will need further clarification. Such issues include the complicated issue of consent for improvements in commercial premises and the role of Government changes for non-domestic properties.
“We have previously raised a number of concerns surrounding the existing plans for non-domestic buildings […] With such an important new framework, it is essential that the Government gets it right first time. I believe this latest decision is in the best interests of both the consumer and the industry."