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DON’T JUMPTHE GUN ON GREEN DEAL, WARN GGF & FENSA


Following a recent explosion of misinformation appearing in print and online about the Government’s Green Deal initiative, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and its sister company FENSA have issued a joint statement warning members, companies and consumers not to be persuaded into committing to any bogus schemes, websites, conferences or agreements until all the facts are revealed by the Government in 2012.


The joint statement said: “The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and FENSA are seriously concerned at the number of companies and organisations using the Green Deal term and concept in an attempt to lever glass and glazing businesses and homeowners into buying products and services – much of which is based on little more than speculation and supposition.


This misinformation could potentially cost businesses and consumers a lot of time and money once the full facts are made available in 2012.


“The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been in constant discussion with GGF and FENSA since the outset of the Green Deal plan in 2010 and the GGF/FENSA are now at the cutting edge of Green Deal developments for the glass and glazing industry, in terms of the financial, political and technical implications.


“According to DECC, the full facts on Green Deal will be known in Spring 2012 after the Secondary Legislation is passed in Parliament. Until then it is impossible for anyone to pre- suppose how it will actually work in practice and of the scheme’s true and full impact on the glass


and glazing industry and homeowners wanting to install energy efficient windows.


“Given that the full information on Green Deal has not yet been released, the GGF and FENSA advise all members, registered businesses and consumers to wait until all the information is available, rather than potentially waste time and money on what might happen, rather than what will happen when Green Deal is launched in October 2012.


“The GGF and FENSA will continue in


ongoing dialogue with the Government and be actively involved on all glass and glazing matters relating to the Green Deal and Energy Efficiency including a pilot scheme, right up until its launch – October 2012.”


For the full Green Deal Update visit http:// www.ggf.org.uk/green-deal-faqs


NOVEMBER CONFERENCETO PROVIDE GREEN DEAL UPDATE


In Parliament on 15 September, a number of amendments were made to the Energy Bill as it was debated in its third reading. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said that the centrepiece of the Bill was the Green Deal.


Government technical amendments were made to ensure that when collecting payments, energy companies were acting in an agent and trustee capacity for the Green Deal provider.


Meanwhile amendment 30 related to the role of professionals and the importance of protecting customers, while allowing the Green Deal to thrive.


New Clauses were agreed regarding apprenticeships, nuclear decommissioning, transmission charging and consultation.


Energy and Climate Change Minister, Gregory


Barker said, “The Green Deal is an opportunity not only for homes and households, but for businesses and communities.”


“There will be more detail in the consultation document, which we intend to publish next month, about how the Green Deal will be tailored for non- domestic—invariably business—customers. The UK’s building stock is a key sector of our annual carbon reporting, so the green deal’s contribution to both domestic and non-domestic buildings will be covered.”


DeHavilland in partnership with Glenigan, is holding an event on the Green Deal in London


the 23rd-24th November. This two day conference will look at the Green Deal Policy as it progresses to into law, examine how it will work in practice and outline the implications for all links in the UK construction industry and its supply chain.


Greg Barker from the Department of


Environment and Client Change has said; “The Green Deal will be the biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War, shifting our outdated draughty homes from the past into the future, so it’s vital people can trust it.” (www.decc.gov.uk).


Understanding the depth of potential created


by the Green Deal is fundamental for the construction industry and its supply change so they are able to take advantage of the commercial opportunities.


Energy and retail companies are already making


ground, as H&V News explored in August (http://www.hvnplus.co.uk/news/green-deal- warning/8618928.article). The Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group found that only 35% of product manufacturers believe the Green Deal will be an important opportunity and that only 31% currently have suitable products available. British Gas, among other companies, is already planning on strategies to embrace the Green Deal (http://www.britishgas.co.uk/ greendeal.html). They are already working with Sainsbury’s offering energy efficient products (http://www.sainsburysenergy.com/).


The Green Deal Conference will explore the opportunities and pitfalls of the Bill and also give the construction industry a chance to listen to ministers and directly feedback through Q&A sessions. Sessions will also include case studies and information on the Green Deal with regards to social housing, private housing and non-residential buildings, discussion panels covering policy and barriers to sale and insight into how the financials will work.


Eddie Tuttle, Public Affairs and Policy Manager at the CIOB says; “The CIOB acknowledges that Construction and the Built Environment will be key to the success of the Government’s Green Deal. This event is timely in bringing together a number of the players and issues so that there is a dissemination and engagement in this crucial policy arena”. For more information on this conference or to download the agenda go to:-


http://www.emapconferences.co.uk/ thegreendeal/ or contact Jenny Vyas at jenny.vyas@emap.com, or on 0845 056 8339.


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