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Carbon Emissions

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage retailers to reduce their carbon emissions; what representations he has received on campaigns organised by not-for-profit organisations to encourage retailers to conserve energy; and if he will make a statement. (314486)

The Government have in place a number of measures to encourage retailers to reduce carbon emissions. These include the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, which will enter into force this year; advice and support, including through the Carbon Trust and Business Link; and a range of financial incentives to encourage energy efficient investment, including Enhanced Capital Allowances and interest free energy efficiency loans for small and medium enterprises. DECC also works closely with The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in efforts to help retailers reduce carbon emissions from products and services.

In addition, the retail sector and the Government are working together to develop a low carbon action plan for retail. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, DEFRA and DECC are currently working in partnership with the British Retail Consortium and the Association of Convenience Stores to identify key priorities and actions to improve the environmental performance of the retail sector.

I am aware of representations on this subject from the 10:10 campaign; these are being considered as part of the work outlined above.