Home / Knowledge / News / BRC supports reduction of taxes on green products
BRC supports reduction of taxes on green products
Mar '08
As European leaders gather to discuss ways to cut greenhouse gases, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) is supporting Gordon Brown's calls for the EU to allow countries to reduce taxes on green products.

The Prime Minister will present a paper on the reforms at an EU summit in Brussels tomorrow (Friday).

The BRC condemned proposals in this week's Budget for compulsory plastic bag charges as marginal to climate change when other, more important, issues remain unaddressed. Plastic bags contribute one five thousandth of the carbon dioxide produced by the average UK resident in a year.

The BRC has been pressing the Government for measures that would make a real difference, such as encouraging people to use more energy-efficient products by reducing their cost. This could deliver savings of at least 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Retailers are keen to help Government meet their carbon reduction commitments. Reducing VAT on energy-efficient products is an important first step.

Indefensible protectionist tariffs set by Brussels on imported energy-efficient light bulbs should also be scrapped.

Stephen Robertson, BRC Director General, said: “UK retailers have been leading the way in improving their own carbon performance and inspiring suppliers and customers to do the same. We are now working with other European retailers to achieve even more.

“The market can achieve large-scale take-up of energy-efficient technology if price-raising taxes are removed. Customers have responded positively to stores' promotions and discounts but, with households facing tighter budgets, price will become an even more important factor.

“To help meet European climate change targets, the EU should reduce VAT on energy efficient products and scrap or reduce import tariffs.

This would show European leaders are matching words on the environment with effective action. The Commission is due to review these import tariffs in October and should use this opportunity to scrap them.”

British Retail Consortium

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 29th Apr 2017

Textile sector may have uniform GST rate: Irani

The textile sector could have a uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST)...

Textiles | On 30th Apr 2017

Government revamping tech mission on cotton

Indian Government is working to revamp the technology mission on...

Apparel/Garments | On 30th Apr 2017

Columbia Sportswear records Q1 net sales of $543.8 mn

Columbia Sportswear Company has announced record net sales of $543.8...

Interviews View All

Poojaa Kumar Deepak

Zeven's performance sports apparel is designed for the Indian body type,...

Viral Desai
Zenitex Mill Pvt Ltd

Full of green energy

Neel Sawhney
One Friday

‘The share of kidswear segment in the online sector is still small in...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


news category

Related Categories:
April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search