The blog on environmental policy and politics Insidetrack recently published the interesting James Fotherby’s article “Let’s make sure any new green homes scheme doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past”. The article explain how if the British government is considering developing another green homes retrofit programme, it is vital that they build on the lessons of previous flagship home energy efficiency policies, or risk repeating the same mistakes.
In particular, the government should look at the Green Deal (2013-15) and the current Green Homes Grant as examples of how not to design and implement green home policies. Despite obvious differences between them, the former being a loan scheme which enabled householders to borrow money for energy saving improvements and the latter offering grants to cover the bulk of improvements for homeowners, there are several striking similarities.
Author: Xavier Casanovas (RehabiMed)