Firms Find the Green Line Hard to Follow across All the Red Tape; BUSINESSES WANT GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CLEAR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LEADERSHIP

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Firms Find the Green Line Hard to Follow across All the Red Tape; BUSINESSES WANT GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CLEAR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LEADERSHIP


Byline: SION BARRY

THE majority of British businesses think environmental policy is unclear and there is a lack of cohesive thinking between the Government and climate change agencies.

Some 94% of organisations questioned said they anticipated environmental law affecting them in the next two to three years, but two-thirds said they felt environmental policy was ambiguous, revealed the survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Almost seven out of 10 (68%) of businesses said they wanted the Government to take the lead in tackling climate change through policy and regulations.

However, less than one in five (18%) of the 50 UK businesses surveyed said they felt there was cohesive thinking between Government departments, bodies and agencies concerned with climate change.

Additionally, only the same number were confident money raised from environmental taxes would go back into green or environmental projects.

Mark Schofield, global leader of sustainability and climate change tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers said: "The findings reflect a strong call to action for the Government.

"The business appetite for leadership is there.

"As with many tax and regulation issues, the call for action is for one of simplification, clarity and long-term certainty.

"Business really wants to engage in this agenda and help Government form good policy, which achieves the desired effect."

Businesses said their primary focus was on reducing their carbon footprints and energy costs, as they expected these to have the biggest impact in the next five years.

More than three-quarters said they felt the potential to save money through energy efficiency was a major influence on corporate behaviour.

Mr Schofield said: "At a time when businesses are struggling with low margins, energy management is becoming more critical. …

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