DECC accused of ‘surrendering green credentials’ over CRC

Energy ministers were today accused of “surrendering their green credentials to the Treasury” over changes made the CRC. In the Comprehensive Spending Review, the recycling of revenues from the scheme […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Energy ministers were today accused of “surrendering their green credentials to the Treasury” over changes made the CRC.

In the Comprehensive Spending Review, the recycling of revenues from the scheme back to participants was scrapped, with all monies now going into the government purse.

This move was slammed this morning during energy questions in the House of Commons by Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

He demanded to know: “How did [ministers] surrender their green credentials so easily to the Treasury” over the change, which he said had left CRC participants “stung”.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker responded by saying: “We had to take a tough decision on the CRC.” But he added that the scheme “remains an effective measure”.

According to the latest Environment Agency figures – which are in fact almost a month out of date – 2,789 organisations have registered for the CRC.

The government has launched a formal consultation on plans to simplify CRC, with the main proposed amendments including extending the introductory phase, postponing the start of Phase 2 until 2013 and the removal of the information disclosure requirement.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is tomorrow (Friday).