Alistair Darling, the UK chancellor, produced his first full budget to the house yesterday. Here’s the ‘environment summary’ from the BBC;
• Laws will be introduced by 2009 to tax plastic bags if shops do not do more to charge for their use.
• £26m to help make homes greener.
• New non-domestic buildings to become zero-carbon from 2019.
• The government is asking the European Commission for tougher targets on car fuel emissions
• Consideration is being given to raising the UK target for emissions cuts to 80% by 2050.
• From 2009, major reform of the vehicle excise duty. For new cars from 2010, the lowest-polluting cars will pay no road tax in the first year, with the highest-polluting cars paying £950.
Pathetic really. The people want a divorce Darling!
Let’s have some real commitment. Without government tax incentives and other important instruments certain industries such as small scale renewables will continue to suffer. £26m to make homes greener …. that’s an insult.