Wednesday, November 15, 2006
E-petition on the No. 10 Downing Street websiteFrancis Irving has set up a petition on the 10 Downing Street website saying:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to levy a tax on energy inefficient light bulbs so that their long term financial and environmental cost is visible in their retail price.Please visit the petition website if you would like to add your name.
Posted 3:45 AM by Matt Prescott
Monday, November 06, 2006
EDM: Cross-party support for the Ban The Bulb campaignThe Early Day Motion which my local Member of Parliament, Dr Evan Harris, proposed in support of the Ban The Bulb campaign has now been signed by 42 MPs from 7 political parties.
At present the EDM's signatories include:
This story has been reported in The Daily Mail, The Mirror + The Oxford Mail.
EDM 2656: That this House notes the problems caused by increasing energy demands, including rising energy costs, reduced energy security and climate change; recognises that improved energy efficiency is the cheapest way for the UK to reduce energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions; welcomes the Ban the Bulb campaign, which aims to increase the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs; and calls on the Government to help main-stream energy efficient lifestyles by granting energy saving goods and services the same 5 per cent. VAT rate as condoms, strengthening UK building regulations and making energy efficiency a key criteria in all Government procurement.
Update: 13 Nov : Two more MPs have signed up!
Posted 12:17 PM by Matt Prescott
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Hansard: a written answer on merits of banning bulbsThe MP for Dundee West, Jim McGovern has asked Ian Pearson MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, if he would assess the merits of a ban on incandescent light bulbs. Jim has now received the following written answer:
This issue is so important that we should not allow an unspecified trade rule to block rapid progress on this simple, painless and effective step.
The Stern Review highlighted the massive scale of the challenge posed by the climate change and emphasised the need for governments to introduce policies of an equivalent scale, on an urgent basis.
If we cannot make progress with light bulbs, how are we going to make the bigger and harder choices that will inevitably be required of us?
There will always be excuses for inaction or delay, but far more could be done.
When I launched this campaign it was said that VAT rates could not be reduced on energy saving goods and services because this would re-open complex EU negotiations, yet the Chancellor reduced the rate of VAT on condoms from 17.5% to 5% in the last budget...
Clearly our politicians can make a big difference when they want to show leadership.
Posted 4:16 AM by Matt Prescott
Reader : tax based on wattage x life time of productEduard has been in touch from Spain to suggest a fair and logical way of calculating the appropriate level of tax which should be applied to any energy using products, based on the wattage and expected lifetime of the product in question...
It could be tricky if every product had to have a different tax rate, but perhaps bands could be created with tax deductions being made for the more energy efficient products... BTB is already advocating that energy saving goods and services should have a reduced level of VAT, similar to the 5% granted to condoms in the last budget.
Posted 3:46 AM by Matt Prescott