Communities unconvinced by Green Deal, report says

The Green Deal must get local communities involved in cutting energy or risk failing, according to a report backed by MPs. Environmental thinktank Green Alliance also said local communities are […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Green Deal must get local communities involved in cutting energy or risk failing, according to a report backed by MPs.

Environmental thinktank Green Alliance also said local communities are unconvinced by the Green Deal with concerns the fuel poor won’t get enough support.

The thinktank’s report out yesterday is based on workshops in November and December 2011 with three Coalition MPs and their constituencies in Hexham, Bristol North West and Redcar.

Rebecca Willis, Green Alliance associate said: “The potential of the Green Deal to help reduce carbon emissions in homes must be linked to the wider social issues people are facing. We can’t expect people to embrace this because it’s a nice thing to do.”

Showing how it will create jobs would help, said Ian Swales, Lib Dem MP for Redcar: “The plans are complex, and it is not clear how it will be marketed or how it will work in practice. If we want people to embrace the Green Deal then we also need to see how it will lead to local job creation.”

Meanwhile the CBI, which represents thousands of UK businesses, said the Green Deal must not overburden businesses with regulation and extra costs.

Rhian Kelly, CBI Director for Business Environment said: “While the CBI supports a rigorous accreditation system for assessors, providers and installers, the Government must not allow the pendulum to swing too far towards costly regulation.”This could lead to higher costs for the consumer, and we don’t want costs to start outweighing savings, as this would undermine the whole scheme.”