17 Aug 2009 12:08:05
Calls for energy efficient appliances to be VAT free
Energy-efficient appliances should not have VAT placed upon them, retail industry chiefs have claimed.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has written to UK chancellor Alistair Darling with its priorities for A Balanced Approach to Sustainable Recovery.
These include getting more homeowners to install green measures by providing incentives such as lower costs for environmentally-friendly products.
The BRC believes "time-limited scrappage schemes" could help to encourage more energy efficient practice within the country.
Stephen Robertson, BRC director general, said: "The government's working against its own objectives when it sets targets for reducing carbon emissions while charging full VAT on the efficient products that will move us towards those targets.
"Removing VAT and exploring the possibility of a scrappage scheme would do a lot to get old energy and water-squandering appliances out of people's homes."
There are 15 million fridges, freezers and washing machines that are over a decade old in the UK, according to the BRC.http://www.brc.org.uk/details04.asp?id=1613&kCat=&kData=1