The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has written to the Environmental Audit Committee in response to the inquiry into Climate Change Levy (CCL) and Climate Change Agreements (CCA).
The BPF, representing 80% of the £17bn sales turnover in the UK plastics industry, have outlined a number of concerns regarding the audit. Peter Davis, Director General of the BPF, stated, “Over many years the BPF, on behalf of its members, has called for CCL to be scrapped and replaced with voluntary agreements with industrial sectors to achieve annual energy saving targets.”
Mr Davis, added, “Member companies of the BPF view CCL as unfair and feel that they not only discriminate against the plastics industry but also reduce competitiveness in both domestic and international markets.”
These feelings are compounded by the fact that the vast majority of plastics companies do not qualify for a CCA, in stark contrast to producers of metals, paper and glass. This is a problem that seems to be all the more unreasonable considering that most of the plastics companies who find themselves subject to CCL are producing energy saving products.
The letter concludes by suggesting that, in the light of the upcoming Carbon Reduction Commitment and controversy over CCL and CCAs, the Climate Change Levy is close to the end of its useful life and should therefore be withdrawn as soon as possible.
For a full copy of the letter or further details on this press release please contact:
Philip Batten, British Plastics Federation, 6 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JE
Tel: 020 7457 5007
Notes for editors
1) British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.