Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Ban The Bulb: Campaign Proposals...1. To use the tax system to discourage wasteful energy use.
A £1 tax on every incandescent light bulb would help to increase the uptake of environmentally friendly technologies, and allow light bulb prices to include more of the environmental costs associated with wasting energy and burning fossil fuels.
Should a single-rate tax on all incandescent bulbs not be possible, one alternative might be to charge a tax of 1p on each watt of light. Under such a scheme a 20W bulb would incur a 20p charge on top of it's sales price, a 40W bulb would incur a 40p charge and a 100W bulb would cost an extra £1.
Any revenue generated by taxing wasteful light bulbs should be put towards subsidising the price of energy-efficient light bulbs, and supporting other energy saving programmes.3. Phase out and ban incandescent light bulbs
To promote the phasing out and banning of 60W, 100W as an easy first steps, with other designs being phased out as appropriate alternative designs become available.See the full list of campaign goals on the homepage.
What you can do!
1. Ask your local shops to stock energy-efficient light bulbs.
2. Try an energy-efficient light bulb the next time you buy a bulb.
3. Support the phasing out, and eventual banning, of wasteful incandescent light bulbs!
4. Write to your member of parliament/congress and ask for energy efficiency to be given a greater priority.
Posted 2:12 AM by Matt Prescott