By Max Clarke

Announced late 2010, the Government’s Energy Bill introduced the Green Deal enabling consumers to implement energy saving additions to their properties at reduced rates.

Prominent business organisation, the Confederation for British Industry (CBI) have commented on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcement of Green Deal safeguards to protect consumers.

"We welcome the progress DECC has made on ensuring consumers receive a high quality service through the Green Deal,” said CBI Business Environment Director, Rhian Kelly. “This will help boost public confidence in the scheme, but a lot more remains to be done.

“The Green Deal has great potential but businesses still have reservations about whether people will buy into it. Without public understanding and enthusiasm for the scheme at its launch it will be difficult to attract the initial investment.

“More needs to be done to ensure the Green Deal appeals to people as a worthwhile investment rather than just a big policy idea. The Government must explore accompanying policies to drive demand and ensure the opportunity of the Green Deal links into other initiatives such as the renewable heat incentive.”