Wednesday 21 March 2012
Commenting on today’s announcement that the Government may simplify or even scrap the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, Ben Wielgus lead CRC advisor at KPMG said:
“Today’s announcement risks creating greater uncertainty amongst businesses, but in reality it’s nothing new.
“Simplification proposals are already expected imminently from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the information we’ve seen indicates that significant savings can be achieved from a revised version of the CRC.
“Should significant savings not be deliverable, the Government has announced that it may consider replacing CRC revenues with an alternative environmental tax, although details of any new tax have not yet been released.
“Whilst many have proposed tax increases (such as raising the climate change levy), and these would be far simpler than the CRC, the introduction of a tax alone would be unlikely to deliver on all aspects of the CRC: namely the reputational drivers and focus on energy usage that are core to the scheme at present. To deliver the same objectives as the CRC, any new tax would need to incorporate similar reporting requirements. Any reporting requirements would create an administrative burden on business and would need to be carefully designed to ensure that any replacement actually reduces administrative costs compared to the CRC.
“We support the reduction of the administrative burden on business but also recognise the need for a level playing field on carbon legislation which helps the Government meet its climate change targets.”
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