Green Deal

DEFINITION: A UK Government policy launched in 2012 to provide properties with loans for energy efficiency measures. The loans were repaid through energy bills and transfer with the property rather than those who took out the loan. High interest rates and charges of the scheme resulted in a lack of demand for the Green Deal, and the programme was scrapped by the Conservative Government in 2015.

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