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UK Retailers Call For Green Tax Cut

25 Aug 2009

"A clear signal should be given to households of the benefits of a switch to the most energy efficient products"

The British Retail Consortium (BRE) has called on the UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, to remove VAT entirely from energy-efficient goods and to consider a car-industry style scrappage scheme to encourage consumers to switch to more energy-efficient products.

Writing to the Chancellor in advance of the UK government's autumn pre-budget report, the BRE said: "A clear signal should be given to households of the benefits of a switch to the most energy efficient products"

According to modelling carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1.3 million tonnes each year by 2020 by removing VAT from energy efficient appliances - equivalent to close to 1% of domestic CO2 emissions.

Stephen Robertson, director general BRE said: "Removing VAT and exploring the possibility of a scrappage scheme would do a lot to get old energy and water-squandering appliances out of people's homes."

Further information visit www.brc.org.uk/details04.asp?id=1613

www.brc.org.uk/downloads/BRC_Pre-Budget_Report_August_2009.pdf

News source: Courtesy of Glass & Glazing Magazine