CBI wants voluntary action in place of EC carbon tax

Implementation of the proposed EC energy/carbon tax should be deferred at least until measures have been taken to remove the market barriers which inhibit energy efficiency, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) told a House of Lords inquiry on 5 March. And it would be "absolutely vital" to exempt energy-intensive industries from the tax.

The CBI's evidence was presented in the last session of the Select Committee on the European Communities' inquiry into the European Commission's proposal for a carbon/energy tax, one of the main planks in its strategy for controlling the EC's carbon dioxide emissions.

The Committee is expected to report within the next few weeks, around the time the Commission itself is due to submit more detailed proposals for the tax together with a ful

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