The Environmental Industries Commission’s Executive Chair, Adrian Wilkes, has shown cautious optimism over the Government’s decision to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme.
Mr Wilkes said: “This is very welcome news as it drives significant energy savings across British industry whilst stimulating the environmental technology and services industry. Well-designed simplification will help encourage buy-in to the scheme, but EIC, whilst supporting smarter regulation will need to be convinced that this is not a cover for deregulation.”
Mr Wilkes, who represents approximately 80 companies in the EIC’s Carbon Management Working Group, did express concern over the time period of the process: “It is worrying that the Government won’t be finalising their simplification plans until 2012 at the earliest as this will cause significant business uncertainty, and thereby undermine investment in energy efficiency.”
The EIC is a trade association for the UK’s environmental technology and services industry, with over 230 Member Companies.