The green deal - A summary of the scheme (Version 2)

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The Climate Change Act 2008 requires the Government to cut greenhouse gas emissions, based on the 1990 baseline, by at least 34% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050. The UK building stock, which is among the most inefficient in the world, is an early target for government to achieve these reductions.

The previous government identified the need to make improvements to the housing stock and published its plan in March 2010 - Warm Homes, Greener Homes. This concept has evolved under the current Government as the Green Deal.

The Energy Act 2011 put in place the legislation to introduce the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation. This comes into force on 28th January 2013 meaning that the Green Deal cannot be fully effective until after that date.

This Construction Briefing is a summary of the scheme; it discusses the importance of the Green Deal in reducing carbon emissions to meet the targets to which the government has committed.

This briefing also explains 'The Golden Rule' and Codes of Practice which drive the scheme, as well as the financial incentives which will be put in place to help and encourage co-operation with the deal.


  • Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
  • Green Deal Oversight Body
  • Green Deal Code of Practice
  • The Golden Rule
  • Financing
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Take-up
  • Assessment
  • Eligible products and systems
  • Green Deal providers
  • Installation

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