In an open letter to government ministers, published today, the Aldersgate Group argued that "a clearer, stronger signal is needed now for the introduction of mandatory carbon reporting in the UK that is consistent with international standards". Before the election, the Conservative Party outlined the benefits of carbon reporting and committed to bring forward the date that the largest companies are required to report them. The letter argues that the government should make this commitment before the end of the year. Under the Climate Change Act, the Government must legally put forward regulations for mandatory carbon reporting by 2012 or explain to Parliament why this has not been the case.
The letter has been published on the same day that WWF-UK and The Cooperative Financial Services publish a new report showing how oil companies are increasing the carbon emissions of their fuels by developing unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands. 'Toxic fuels: toxic investments' provides the case for mandatory carbon reporting by highlighting how oil companies such as BP and Shell could face billions of pounds in future carbon liabilities as the cost of carbon rises.
The Aldersgate Group (AG) has responded to the DECC information request on 'Reducing Red Tape'.
The Group's letter to Lord Marland reiterates AG's commitment to reduce the regulatory burden for businesses but urges caution to ensure environmental policies are not undermined by the drive to reduce red tape. Regulation is one of the few means of encouraging the economic recovery onto a more sustainable path and a sensible course of action given the current fiscal climate.