Middle East ‘closely watching’ Green Deal

Businesses in the Middle East are keeping a keen eye on the UK’s Green Deal, a world-pioneering policy due to kick off later this year which gives homeowners cash up […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Businesses in the Middle East are keeping a keen eye on the UK’s Green Deal, a world-pioneering policy due to kick off later this year which gives homeowners cash up front to put efficiency measures in their houses.

With the Middle East’s rapidly growing energy use it’s no surprise they’re looking to the new wave of British technology, according to Colin Calder, founder and CEO of home energy management firm PassivSystems.

On a recent visit to the World Future Energy Summit in the Abu Dhabi he said, “a lot of people were very interested in the Green Deal and closely watching its development in the UK.”

Mr Calder told ELN: “The biggest issue that I could see there is that energy consumption is at the highest level of any country in the world. It’s not America at the top of the league any more. The average home in Abu Dhabi is burning 110KW a day, that’s double the UK average. Most of that energy of course is air conditioning.”

With the region’s countries also burning too much of their own oil, he suggested, authorities are all too aware they need to be much more efficient: “The interest is more, not from the residential homeowners but from governments and government bodies that want to… maintain exports and at the same time get control of the amount of energy that’s being wasted.”