In response to the announcement by DECC on 22 July 2014 about the removal of Flue Gas Heat Recovery systems from the Green Deal home Improvement fund, Chris Yates, Managing Director of Johnson & Starley Limited commented that the early exit of the measure would have a seriously detrimental effect on the industry.
“When I first learned of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, I felt it was a major step forward for the Green Deal programme and for consumers in particular. As a manufacturer of gas condensing boilers with a fully integrated flue gas heat recovery system, we were delighted that they were included as a measure. But for DECC to make changes so quickly after the launch when manufacturers have committed advertising budgets for the flue gas heat recovery systems, increased production capacity and most importantly, encouraged Green Deal Installers to invest in getting the additional accreditation for the flue gas heat recovery systems, it is a major blow.
“Given how big a change this is, I am amazed we have seen no figures from government on the amount of vouchers issued to consumers for the flue gas heat recovery measure and only a reference that the number of EPCs have increased relative to a previous survey but no further details. Encouraged by Government, industry has spent a lot of money on launching the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and this feels like a knee jerk reaction to curtail what could have been a very successful scheme. My fear is that these changes could slow the whole scheme down to a very slow pace.
“I think a more detailed explanation is required on the rationale behind the changes. Whilst Government did state that they did not want the GDHIF to be another boiler replacement programme we need to see the justification. Government has done a good job in recent years to engage with industry but this undermines confidence as we have always stated that we need as much certainty as possible around schemes like this.
“As a company, we are totally committed to the technology as we have a fully integrated device which boasts the highest efficiency on the Products Characteristics Database. There are many benefits to new build as well as replacement appliances.”
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