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Patio heaters face green tax

Calor Gas, and other companies selling carbon-intensive products, should ask their customers to pay a green levy, according to proposals outlined in a report by a cross-party group of MPs. The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market, published today by the Environmental Audit Committee, is urging the Government to explore measures which would incentivise businesses to encourage their customers to offset their carbon emissions. It recommends that the Government make it mandatory for businesses, such as power companies, airlines, diesel train operators, petrol stations and car dealers, to offer carbon trading services themselves or via an offset provider. Customers should be given compulsory offsetting options when procuring such goods and services, the report said. Calor Gas, in conjunction with carbon trading service Equiclime, currently runs its own carbon offsetting scheme. However, its customers can choose whether or not they wish to offset their carbon emissions.