15 Nov 2007 04:11:11
Local firms ''will face higher taxes'' for going green
Businesses looking to tackle climate change and integrate green technology will face higher taxes under new government plans, the Conservatives have claimed.
A series of government proposals are set to penalise businesses who look to reduce their impact on the environment and introduce energy saving proposals, the party warned.
In a statement they highlighted government plans to tax solar panels, wind turbines and micro-generation technology, as well as higher business rates and council tax bills.
Eric Pickles MP, Conservative shadow secretary of state for local government, said: "Rather than using the tax system to reward green behaviour, Gordon Brown is crippling small businesses who want to do their bit to tackle climate change, hitting them with unfair stealth taxes.
"Firms who install solar panels or wind turbines will face soaring business rate bills. This will wipe out their electricity savings and discourage them from going green, in turn increasing carbon emissions," he added.
Earlier this year a Consumers International report revealed that more than 40 per cent of consumers distrust what they hear about climate change from businesses.