Monday Moaning

There are simply not enough people on board the bus.

In Britain, the government has created a “Green Deal” scheme. It is a chance for homeowners to give their houses an environmental makeover to reduce their carbon footprint.

But the big companies don’t seem interested. They’re dragging heir feet.

Government’s ‘green deal’ spurned by major retailers

Flagship environmental scheme fails to win support of big names amid criticism it is too complex and may disadvantage the poor

B&Q in Luton: the retailer said it was ‘finalising its position’ while M&S is waiting on further details. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

The government’s “green deal” scheme, intended to give householders a environmental makeover, launches on Monday without any of the country’s large retailers signed up – despite a promise that they would play a central role in offering the deal to consumers.

Major retailers such as supermarkets and DIY stores are viewed as essential to the success of the scheme as they are trusted by customers and have the necessary reach to cover the population.

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It just goes to show that the big names are not interested. Probably not enough profit.

The government tries, but they are let down.

This ‘profit first’ mentality has to go. These big companies and corporations have to realise that if the world fails because of the environment and climatic changes there won’t be anyone to steal from.

But the view is very myopic… “It won’t/can’t happen.”



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex Jones on October 25, 2012 at 5:05 am

    The UK government has a bad reputation for the environment; they also roll out crap ill-thought out schemes that are doomed to fail. Retailers may not be to blame for this.



  2. Posted by Alex Jones on October 25, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Another point is that the UK retailers are in seriously bad shape, especially the DIY ones. People are no longer spending money in the shops and this is putting whole retail chains out of business. The UK government schemes that causes great cost to retailers are likely uneconomic where the retailers are struggling for survival.



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