Intervention needed to kick-start ECO, claims insulation industry

The National Insulation Association says the Energy Company Obligation scheme will substantially underperform unless the government agrees a delivery plan with energy suppliers

The government must urgently put in place measures to boost the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency scheme or it will fall far short of expectations, according to the National Insulation Association (NIA).

DECC should agree a “robust delivery plan” with the seven energy suppliers obligated under the scheme and the insulation industry, said Neil Marshall, the NIA’s chief executive.

This plan must include an agreed timeline for the volumes of cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation to be installed in fuel poor and “hard to treat” homes, Marshall said. DECC should also offer financial incentives to councils and housing associations to ensure they have properties upgraded.

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