Clearview South July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 67

ENERGYEFFICIENCY UK Businesses Are Missing Out On Millions by Not Being Green Deal Certified A top Green Deal website has warned that many of the UK’s small businesses are missing out on millions of pounds worth of work by not becoming Green Deal Certified. Under the government’s Green Deal scheme, an estimated 14 million homes will be made energy efficient by 2020, potentially creating billions of pounds worth of work for the construction sector. GreenDealCertified.com has spoken to hundreds of small business owners since the scheme launched, concluding that many are put off the accreditation process because of the amount of admin, number of forms and sheer volume of paperwork involved. It calculates that millions of pounds worth of opportunities are being lost by those who can’t or won’t complete the certification process, leaving some firms struggling to make ends meet and others left to enjoy the bulk of the work created by the Green Deal. Thomas Farquhar, sales manager at GreenDealCertified.com said, “Our service cuts out all of this and allows them to start their green deal business quickly.” GreenDealCertified.com provides practical assistance, guidance and support for those embarking on the Green Deal certification process. It takes on the burden of paperwork and admin, completing as much as possible for owners who want to become certified installers or assessors. Mr Farquhar added, “The cost of this service is soon recovered by the time savings you make in not having to do the work yourself.” Find out more at http://www. greendealcertified.com GREEN DEAL CON ARTISTS ACTIVE Criminals are using the cover of the government’s flagship energy policy to defraud money from homeowners. The Green Deal offers loans to spend on energysaving home improvement work with no upfront costs. But trading standards officers have reported that cold callers are posing as Green Deal assessors while charging “administration fees”. Green Deal loans are only available through government contracted assessors who are identifiable through an allocated number. Complaints about fraudulent callers have so far been registered with trading standards officers in South Wales and West Yorkshire, where 12 complaints are being investigated. One 76-year-old said she had been offered an “old age pensioner discount” for double glazing, with a 20% discount if she signed up that day. Energy Minister, Greg Barker, has now told the BBC that potential victims are being protected by the rules. “We have very strong consumer protection, these are fraudsters and if we catch them we will come down on them like a tonne of bricks,” he said. Consumers are advised to look out for the Green Deal Approved quality mark, which proves assessors and installe rs are government registered. The Energy Saving Advice Service can also confirm valid assessors on 0300 1231234. ‘cold callers are posing as Green Deal assessors’ Tim Keohane, senior trading standards officer in Caerphilly, said they were dealing with more than 20 complaints across southeast Wales. “People are handing over up to £400 and not seeing anything again,” he said. This article first appeared at www.bbc.co.uk Incentives to Drive UK Recycling The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a new proposal that aims ‘To encourage and incentivise the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing’. The paper has its origins in the BPF’s Recycling Group (BPFRG) and its principles are shared across the whole Federation. The proposal sets out the importance of securing end markets for recyclate to achieve a sustainable green economy. In 2012, UK Government announced its aspiration to be the “greenest ever” and set challenging recycling targets for the period to 2017. Consequently, the BPF think it necessary to create incentives to drive investment in recycling and UK manufacturing to increase usage of recycled polymers. The proposal recommends the principle of ‘offset’ against obligation under the concept of ‘producer responsibility’ in the waste sectors. The main producers and manufacturers, packer/fillers, and retailers should, in the BPF’s view, be able to offset their PRN obligation by using and specifying recycled polymers. In this way, recycled polymers would not carry any obligation under the EU Packaging Directive. Roger Baynham, Chairman of the BPFRG said: “We believe that the proposals contained in this paper will provide the much needed traction to develop end markets for recycled plastics which are so crucial given the uncertainties of the global waste markets and, in doing so, help deliver the UK Government’s business development, wealth creation and sustainability agendas.” To download the proposal visit: http://www. bpf.co.uk/Recycling/Default.aspx ‘UK Government announced its aspiration to be the “greenest ever”’ To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com JUL 2013 67