Submission of evidence to ECCC inquiry home energy efficiency and demand reduction
The Green Deal and ECO represented a major break from previous energy efficiency policies. The Green Deal was introduced to bring about a massive expansion of the energy efficiency market fueled by consumer demand for new products. The success of the Green Deal model depended on its ability to inspire householders to invest their own money in energy efficiency. It failed to do this. The complexity of Green Deal also contributed to poor consumer engagement with the policy. As a result of the Green Deal’s failure, Government-led schemes have continued to fund the vast majority of energy efficiency work, but at a greatly reduced levels , with the 2014 ECO reforms further reducing the achievements of the Government policy.