12 Aug 2010 12:08:10
CRC criticised by Centre for Alternative Technology
Schemes like the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) allow companies to "buy their way out of making real cuts in emissions", according to the Centre for Alternative Technology.
All large businesses and public sector organisations must sign up to the scheme before September 30th and currently 1,229 of those who are required to sign up have already done so.
A spokesperson for the centre said: "This kind of trading scheme usually results in some companies making massive profits and little or no reduction in carbon emissions."
He explained that the CRC will encourage businesses to move their more carbon intensive operations overseas where such regulations are not in place, which means there will be no actual reduction in emissions.
In addition, public and private sector organisations will be operating within the same carbon trading scheme, meaning taxpayers' money could be used to buy credits from private companies.
"This is taxpayers' money that should be spent improving energy efficiency within the council or spent on public services," the spokesperson added.
Yesterday (August 11th), Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister, said that the government would like to hear suggestions about how the CRC can be made simpler in the future.