Greg Barker

In a keynote speech on the opening day of Ecobuild, Minister of State Greg Barker re-committed the coalition to delivering the “Flagship” Green Deal programme in the Autumn.

Greg Barker said:

“I want to see a thriving Green Deal market which means we must make it as easy, as cheap and as straightforward as possible for businesses of any size to get involved. So I have cut the red tape to help promote a competitive market and reduce costs which will not only help small businesses in particular but will also make the Green Deal a better deal for consumers.”

Smaller installers are no longer required to submit a Surety Bond prior to Green Deal Accreditation, and Installers will non longer have to make arrangements for independent arbitration for disputes with customers, as Barker announced a Green Deal Ombudsman.

The detail is still being finalised, but Barker pointed to exciting technologies in heating, glazing, lighting, and smart controls, and mentioned technologies such as flue gas recovery and waste water recovery as up for consideration in the future.

A stronger link between Green Deal and the Renewable Heat Incentive will be encouraged so consumers will see investment in a single proposition.