Examination of Witnesses (Questions 40
WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2001
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
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
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.