13 September, 2011 – London, England -- On the 5th September, the CBI called for action to support industries vital for tackling climate change.
“The Government needs to act swiftly to ensure the global competitiveness of the UK's most energy-intensive manufacturers is not undermined by rising costs and climate change and energy policies.
In a new report ‘Protecting the UK's foundations: a blueprint for energy-intensive industries’, the CBI argues that these companies form a crucial part of the manufacturing and supply chain and will play a key role in tackling climate change. Energy-intensive companies also employ 225,000 people in the UK and account for one percent of annual GDP (£15bn).
But the carbon floor price is making it increasingly uncompetitive for the most energy-intensive users to remain in the UK, and the CBI is calling on the Government to consider exempting these firms from the tax.”
Dr. Martin Blake, Chairman of Carbon Zero Solutions (CZS) and ex-head of Sustainability Team at Royal Mail Group said:
“The CBI’s response to the upcoming Carbon Floor Tax is a typical reaction of organisations lobbying on behalf business. They are operating from a ‘business as usual’ mind-set and failing to advise their members on a more proactive and beneficial course of action; that of embarking on significant energy management programmes that could actually protect them against what is an irreversible trend of increasing energy prices and tax rises driven by the government’s response to climate change.
“There is an argument that organisations with intensive energy use will be disproportionality impacted by this new tax, but, there is a stronger argument that they would benefit significantly from aggressive carbon management programmes.
“Many energy intensive industries operate large manufacturing facilities, but very few operate intelligent building management systems. Many run large transport fleets, but few have deployed intelligent transport and logistics systems. And few operate smart energy procurement programmes. I urge organisations with even a degree of ‘elasticity’ of demand to look internally and gather qualitative and quantitative data across their whole organisation’s carbon use. The opportunity for efficiency is vast and with real data you can find real savings.
“It’s time that business organisations stopped squealing at the sight of a new tax and start looking at what proactive action they can take. In my experience, organisations that are actually dealing with the issue and implementing energy management programmes are realising dramatic cost-savings, in the region of between 20% – 40%, through hard work and whole company commitment. For example, at Royal Mail Group, we reduced our annual energy bill by £30 million. If you can do the same, then these programmes are actually cost-neutral and, in very real terms, can actually become a revenue stream to add to your bottom-line.”
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1. The CBI announcement can be found here: http://climatechange.cbi.org.uk/news/cbi-calls-for-action-to...
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