Employers slam energy tax plans

The CBI this week attacked plans for an energy tax on industry, warning that the measure could damage national competitiveness. In its response to the government’s task force on business use of energy, the employers’ organisation said better alternatives to cut CO2 emissions were negotiated agreements and tradeable emission permits. Peter Agar, deputy director general […]

The CBI this week attacked plans for an energy tax on industry, warning that the measure could damage national competitiveness.

In its response to the government’s task force on business use of energy, the employers’ organisation said better alternatives to cut CO2 emissions were negotiated agreements and tradeable emission permits.

Peter Agar, deputy director general of the CBI, said taxes would have to be set at very high levels to work, and this would harm Britain’s ability to compete.

‘The CBI is extremely concerned that the Government is willing to consider an energy tax in isolation, while ruling out any new taxes on domestic consumption of fuel and power,’ he said.