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Green taxes have been under attack on all fronts lately.
Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget announced a review of energy efficiency levies and an effective reduction in renewables subsidies. Air passenger duty has long been the victim of sustained industry attacks, and the SNP’s pre-election pledge to scrap the tax once it has the power to do so looks like the first step in a race to the bottom. Elsewhere, the German government was forced to weaken plans for additional levies on coal.
- Taxation is a moral statement. So let’s be careful about who we’re blaming.
- Taxes are important, but changing the way we behave means engaging people in solutions.
- The latest UK Consumer Satisfaction Index confirms that utilities remain the worst performing sector:
- The UK’s first non-profit energy supplier will be set up in Scotland, backed by the Scottish Government
- Project 1% was launched – a new campaign to to channel investment funds into less polluting companies