01 March 2001 | Cathy Hayward
Nearly two-thirds of industrial associations within the intensive energy sector have agreed formal targets for cutting carbon emissions before the controversial climate change levy takes effect on 1 April, according to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
"We have signed agreements with 15 trade associations on behalf of individual companies and are in discussion with a further 10 energy-intensive sectors and other smaller energy users," said a spokeswoman.
The sectors, including the motor and brewing industries, have agreed to cut carbon emissions by 600,000 tonnes a year by 2010 by investing in energy-efficient technology, in return for an 80 per cent discount on the levy.
Many businesses are unaware of the levy, said Martin Rawlings, an energy consultant and deputy chairman of CIPS's energy committee. "Smaller firms have not woken up to the fact that energy bills are going to increase by over 15 per cent in April. It's going to be a complete shock," he said.