EEF welcomes the government consultation on changing certain aspects of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, as a first step in unravelling the complex, confusing and costly, broader climate change policy landscape.
Commenting, Gareth Stace, Head of Climate & Environment said “this extended window in the run up to the second phase will allow government to make more strategic changes to the wider climate change policy landscape, rather than tinkering around the edges in a piecemeal fashion. If government doesn’t address the issue from a more macro level, then we are in danger of increasing complexity, not reducing it, both for CRC and other climate change policy measures.
“Government now has the chance to get it right and act upon its rhetoric of certainty, simplicity and transparency in order to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, by sending the right signals to manufacturers and to the market. To this end, government should look to the forthcoming consultation for reform of the Climate Change Levy as inestimably linked to any changes made to CRC.
“Manufacturers believe that government must view any new climate change measures and taxes in the totality of the many costs pressures on business and must not be seen in isolation.”
EEF previously expressed concern that allowance revenues from the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, projected to be up to £1 billion a year, will be used to support the public finances rather than recycled to CRC participants. We said in the strongest terms that it sent a worrying signal about how the government intends to engage with the private sector going forward.
EEF welcomes the government decision on the dropping the requirement for organisations who are not required to register as participants to make information disclosures. Saying, “This is a logical step towards simplification. Companies have wasted valuable time and thousands of pounds, just proving to the Environment Agency that they are not caught by CRC. This was bureaucracy gone mad.
“Overall, this consultation should be seen as the start of CRC simplification, not the end.”