Select Committee on Environmental Audit Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 40 43)



  40. What is the CBI's view of a carbon tax?
  (Mr Roberts) I think the theory of a carbon tax, if applied internationally, is very seductive; the danger comes if we were to pursue it and no-one else does, in other parts of the world.

Joan Walley

  41. Can I just ask what your advice to America would be in respect of Climate Change Levy and in respect of the debate that we are having now about pollution?
  (Mr Roberts) With regard to pollution, or climate change generally?

  42. Climate change and emissions generally.
  (Mr Roberts) Our position has been that it has been extremely disappointing that the United States has not been part of the international commitment throughout the Kyoto process. Equally, we recognise that there are things that we, together with other members of the industrialised world, and indeed the developing world, can get on with. Simply because the United States is not on board does not mean that we should not play our part, but we do firmly believe that they do need to be brought on board over the course of time, and we feel that, with the weight of international commitment that does now exist behind the Kyoto Protocol, hopefully, by making instruments like emissions trading work on an international scale after the year 2008, we will be able to indicate to the United States that there are genuinely market-friendly ways in which you can achieve the objective.


  43. Thank you very much indeed to both of you. I think we will have to bring the session to a close there; but it has been extremely helpful and we have been very glad to have your evidence today.
  (Mr Roberts) Thank you for the opportunity, Chairman.

  Chairman: Thank you.

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