The legal framework for the scheme is now in place, with certain operative parts of the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012 coming into force on 1 October 2012. Under the Regulations, the Green Deal Code of practice, which supplements the requirements set out in the legislation, has also been published.
Bill Hull, head of the Green Deal team and partner at national law firm TLT comments:
"Whilst consumers won’t be able to enter into Green Deal plans with Green Deal providers until the end of January 2013, the launch means that Green Deal providers, assessors and installers can now become authorised. There are still some uncertainties around the scheme, including delays to the introduction of the Energy Company Obligation, but having been involved in advising on the development of the Green Deal since its early stages, it will be exciting to finally assist clients in making the most of the opportunities the Green Deal presents.
TLT advised on the development of the scheme: compiling the legal documentation for the precursor to the Green Deal pilot (Pay As You Save); developing the legal guidance for local authorities involved in the pilots; and supporting interested parties in their consultation responses. As a firm we are prepared for the launch and have developed standard documentation to ensure that clients are fully compliant with the new regulatory regime. It's hoped that that recently announced £12m to support Green deal pilot projects in seven major cities, including Bristol, will assist in getting the scheme off to a good start."