A car-industry-style scrappage scheme for appliances, and removing VAT on energy efficient fridges, freezers, washing machines and other products would help homes to become more environmentally friendly, it was claimed today.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has set out a range of proposals it claims will help households cut fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.
The BRC claims that incentivising consumers to buy greener household products would support and create new retail jobs and revive high streets, as well as tackling climate change.
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Energy saving appliance incentives
Research from the BRC found that CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1.3 million tonnes each year by 2020 as a result of removing VAT from today’s most energy efficient equipment – almost 1% of domestic emissions. The move, it was claimed, would also urge manufacturers to develop more efficient products that had the ‘competitive advantage of zero VAT’.
Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: ‘A modern, efficient fridge-freezer uses less than half the energy of a 1995 model. Over its lifetime it can pay for itself but having to find the cost up front puts customers off upgrading – particularly in a recession.
‘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.’
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