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23 May 2011 12:05:05

UK-GBC: Green Deal needs carrot and stick approach

UK-GBC: Green Deal needs carrot and stick approach
A carrot and stick approach is needed to encourage take up of the Green Deal, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has claimed.

Environmental think-tank E3G claimed in recent research that in its current guise there was "significant doubt" that the ambitious scheme would deliver the scale of retrofitting needed.

The Green Deal was announced in the coalition's programme for government in May 2010 and in November, proposals were published detailing how the scheme would be applied to energy-efficient improvements in the private rented sector.

John Alker, director of policy and communications at the UK-GBC, said a carrot and stick approach would be needed, although he said it was a "pretty lightweight stick" as there will be no upfront cost to the landlord or tenant.

"The landlord will obviously have to initiate the Green Deal, but it will reduce the electricity bill for tenants in the long run and should make the property better," Mr Alker said.

He added: "To be honest, there should be no losers here."  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800552820-ADNFCR

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