DTI consults industry as carbon tax debate advances

Wide-ranging consultations with British industry over the proposed EC carbon/energy tax were initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in August. Trade associations' responses are being sought as the UK prepares to chair an EC working group which will examine the implications of the tax over the next three months. Meanwhile, the Government has signalled that it intends to approach the EC discussions constructively by rebuffing a House of Lords report which urged it to oppose the EC proposal.

The tax was proposed by the European Commission in May. It would be split 50/50 between the carbon and energy content of fuels, and be introduced at a rate equivalent to $3 per barrel of oil from January 1993, increasing by annual $1 increments to reach $10 per barrel in 2000. It will certainly not come into effect from next January, and in any event the Commission has proposed that its introduction should be conditional on the adoption of sim

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