Last week, energy industry watchdog Ofgem announced it would investigate three of the big six energy companies for missing targets under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Savings Scheme (CESP) – the government schemes which preceded the Green Deal and its sister scheme the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Under CERT firms were required to deliver an overall carbon savings target, a quarter of which had to be delivered through insulation measures being installed.
Both SSE and British Gas missed their contributions to both of these targets.
Ofgem has the power to fine the firms up to 10% of their annual turnover.
It has been argued that the green building industry needs certainty that when carbon targets were set-they would be met and the best way to do that was to impose tough fines on those responsible for meeting them.
Do you think that fines are needed in order to encourage the building industry to become more sustainable in their new builds and retrofits?
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