UK Behind Europe In Energy Efficiency Programmes

The UK is lagging behind other EU states in energy efficiency programmes and is not using the £60bn it is expected to collect from European carbon taxes over the next 15 years. The report by Energy Bill Revolution has explained that redirecting the European carbon taxes could help fund the insulation of a significant number of homes and vastly improve the UK housing stock.

There are currently two carbon taxes operated by the UK – the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price – but the Government so far has neglected to direct any of this money towards lowering the nation’s carbon emissions.

Other countries throughout the EU including Germany, France and Lithuania have already signalled plans to turn similar taxes into a portal by which to improve the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. They hope that this will help improve lower their carbon emissions and lower the energy costs for individuals to power their homes and professional properties.

The report has criticised the treasury for neglecting to act and take this opportunity to improve the UK’s energy efficiency. When the UK promoted Energy Performance Certificates to bolster energy efficiency and it appeared that UK industries wanted to become energy efficient, it seemed like the UK was turning the corner.

The report that found that the UK had fallen behind in European Energy Efficiency Programmes, states:

“The Treasury has opposed carbon tax recycling mostly because it reduces the department’s control over public spending and over other departments.”

“But the Treasury announced last year that both carbon taxes from the Emissions Trading Scheme and Carbon Floor Price were classified as ‘green taxes’, which means that their principal objective is officially to help protect the environment. Despite this they still refuse to recycle them to reduce carbon emissions.”

Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution, has echoed these sentiments and moved to criticise the government for reaping the taxed moneys without redistributing it in a beneficial manner.

“When will they [the Treasury] understand that this is not their tax revenue. It belongs to the people and we want it back to warm up our homes.”

“Using carbon tax to make households more energy efficient is by far the best long term solution to both bring down energy bills and end fuel poverty.”

It seems as though it will remain up to the individual property owners as to whether they decide to take action and improve their property’s energy efficiency – lowering personal costs and helping to save the environment.

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