The Green Deal took a significant step forward from theory to reality yesterday when Climate Change Minister Greg Barker signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 22 provider organisations.  The original signatories to the MOU include a number of energy companies, SMEs and a community group.  These 22 organisations will continue to work with DECC towards the goal of a ‘managed launch’ of the Green Deal initiative in October 2012.

DECC has also published a Green Deal Provider Guide that provides step by step practical advice for organisations interested in becoming Green Deal Providers. It describes the route to Green Deal Provider authorisation and gives organisations an understanding of the on-going obligations that Green Deal Providers will need to adhere to.  

The Green Deal is the Government’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties.  Further, the Green Deal will include a financial mechanism that eliminates the need for customers to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead provides for recovery of the cost of the measures via the customer's electricity bill.  At the heart of the Green Deal is the customer journey and the success of Green Deal will, in part, depend on the ability of Green Deal Providers to understand and deliver a first class customer experience from launch. 

Greg Barker commented: 

“The signing of this agreement between government and business pioneers represents a watershed moment in the development of the Green Deal.”

The following organisations (listed in alphabetical order) will be amongst the first signing up to the MOU:

  • Ampere GDP
  • Anglian Home Improvements
  • BritishEco
  • British Gas
  • CarbonLow Group
  • Carillion
  • Empower Community
  • Enact Energy
  • E.ON
  • Gentoo Group
  • Grafton Group
  • Insta Group
  • Keepmoat
  • Kingfisher
  • Mark Group
  • ReEnergise Finance
  • SIG plc
  • SSE
  • Stroma
  • Toriga Energy
  • Willmott Dixon Energy Services
  • Yorkshire Energy Services

There are a number of challenges and opportunities for a variety of organisations who may wish to participate in Green Deal.  We believe we have some of the answers for you and we would be delighted to talk this through with you.