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British manufacturers concerned about changes to renewable policies

A survey has revealed a vast majority of British manufacturers are concerned about changes to Government policy on renewable energy and warns there is still too much bureaucracy, despite efforts to simplify the energy landscape, Click Green has reported.

The British manufacturers surveyed by npower Business Solutions thought that removing the Climate Change Levy (CCL) might penalise companies which invest in green energy.

Sixty five per cent of manufacturers said they were concerned or very concerned about the impact of removing the CCL exemption on investment.

The Chancellor recently promised to review the business energy regulatory framework and a consultation has been launched to discover the opinions and concerns of British businesses.

The upcoming consultation will consider the CCL and CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and how they both interact with other energy efficiency policies and regulations.

Three quarters (74%) of those surveyed in the sector felt strongly or very strongly that they were overburdened with bureaucracy.

The results also revealed a majority were dissatisfied with Government energy policy in its current guise, with 57% saying existing and planned policies don’t reflect the needs of British businesses.

The businesses surveyed took a keen interest in energy policy, with security of supply (67%) and energy affordability (56%) seen as very important by a majority of respondents.

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