26. October 2010 08:56
I think most business caught by the CRC are still in shock that government will, from 2012, take nearly £1bn from them in what can be seen as a carbon tax.
In the absence of recycling revenues, should government be confident that the performance league table, which provides a publically comparative index of participant’s energy efficiency, is a strong enough driver to affect substantial change within the sector.
I believe that these sort of schemes work much better if there is both a ‘carrot and stick’, rather than just the ‘stick’. This heavy stick approach will do little to engage organisations, but more importantly, as I said last Wednesday, seriously damages the trust between manufacturers and government.
Our members are so dismayed at the announcement that we have today written to Gregory Barker to outline our concerns. The letter, backed by many manufacturing companies and manufacturing Trade Associations, will outline that the decision to push through this change to CRC without consultation seriously calls into question the way in which government intends to work with the private sector, as a trusted partner, to tackle the national deficit. The decision also does nothing to simplify an already complex policy landscape and calls into question the government’s desire to deliver a low carbon economy at least cost to industry.
We will hear further details of proposed changes to CRC in the next month or so and I am sure we are all left wandering whether those proposed changes will be as damaging as this one.