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Pilks chief: Green Deal is not working
3:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
PILKS chiefs told opposition leader Ed Miliband of their fears that the Government’s flagship energy campaign, the Green Deal, is not taking off.
Matt Buckley, the UK managing director of Pilkington, said that the numbers of people buying into the policy – which attempts to get households to install green technology with no up front costs but pay back a charge over time through energy bills – was disappointing.
The off-line coater, visited by Mr Miliband, is the newest addition to Pilks’ UK manufacturing range.
It deposits a microscopic energy-saving coating on the glass surface which, when used in a double glazing in the home, significantly reduces heat lost through windows.
Since opening the new coater last November, the company has produced three million square metres of energy-efficient glass, which would provide windows for the equivalent of 200,000 houses and help reduce consumers’ bills.
Mr Buckley told the Star: “We are manufacturing products which are specifically designed to save energy lost from homes or offices.
“It is essential that we stimulate the UK market for energy-saving products such as energy-efficient windows which can help homeowners reduce their energy bills.
“We explained to Mr Miliband that the Government’s flagship scheme to help householders to install energy saving measures such as new windows, the Green Deal, has just not taken off so people aren’t able to make the savings they need.
“He was interested in our thoughts in this area.”
Mr Miliband’s plans to freeze energy prices, should Labour win the next election, has also been welcomed by the glass giants, which has a monthly St Helens energy cost of £2m.
Mr Buckley added: “Glass making is energy intensive so any initiative which reduces the potential impact of energy price rises is something which Pilkington has to be interested in.”
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