This letter is from Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Lesley Griffiths AM and Noel Lavery. It contains the Committee’s latest advice on the impact of the Business Energy Tax Review and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
- The net impact of the new package is to provide a small reduction in emissions. An instrument – the CRC – that might have been used to produce further emissions reductions has, however, been lost.
- There is potential for DAs to use reporting schemes to go further, but it would be best that this is done as co-operatively as possible with UK proposals for Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting to ensure the greatest harmonisation of requirements.
- There is also potential for further ambition in the public sector, including through the devolved reporting schemes.