Green lobbyists put tax plan to Brown

The chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown was urged by MPs and industry this week to use revenues from environmental taxes to provide incentives for companies to invest in cleaner technologies. The Environmental Industries Commission pressure group said changes in the Budget were needed to redress the problem of the UK’s low level of investment […]

The chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown was urged by MPs and industry this week to use revenues from environmental taxes to provide incentives for companies to invest in cleaner technologies.

The Environmental Industries Commission pressure group said changes in the Budget were needed to redress the problem of the UK’s low level of investment in such technology about 1% of gross domestic product versus 2% in Germany and even more in Holland and Austria.

The Commons Environment Committee also wants Brown to use the Budget to protect the environment. John Horam, chairman, said Labour’s rhetoric had ‘not been translated into reality’.