Firms disciplined for Green Deal mark misuse

Published:  23 July, 2013

Over 60 firms have been disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year, the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body has reported.

ORB’s annual report said that 64 firms had been sent letters to ask them to stop using the Green Deal quality mark, or to modify the way they were using it.

Unauthorised use of the quality mark is when an organisation which is not an authorised market participant is using the mark without authorisation. Misuse of the quality mark is when an organisation which is an authorised market participant is not using the mark in accordance with the Branding Guidelines.

Fifty-five of the firms have reportedly now removed or amended the quality mark from their publicity material, and the remaining nine are still in discussions with the body.

The purpose of the Green Deal quality mark is to build trust and confidence in the Green Deal amongst the public and stakeholders - it is therefore vital that it is displayed correctly. As laid out in the Green Deal Code of Practice, the quality mark must be used by all Green Deal Assessors, Providers, Installers and Certification Bodies on identifying documents and any marketing material related to the Green Deal.

Misuse or unauthorised use of the Green Deal quality mark can be reported via email to Gdorbcompliance@gemserv.com.