Midland manufacturers are urging the Government to sharpen up its act on climate change – with a "simpler and more coherent" approach.
The sector’s lobbying body, EEF, has called for a review of climate change policy to meet green ambitions across industry.
Manufacturers want the Government to build on recent progress by implementing a full review of its climate change taxation and regulation policy ahead of the next spending review.
EEF Midlands Region Director Richard Halstead, said: "Britain faces a major challenge to decarbonise our economy and strengthen economic growth. But achieving its Green and Growth ambitions will only be possible if it takes a more cost effective approach.
"Climate change policies add 20 per cent to electricity prices for business, rising to nearly half by 2030, and the Government’s Energy Bill must address this.
"We also need a simpler and more coherent approach to climate change with a full review of the current set of tax and regulation measures, starting with reforms to the Carbon Reduction Commitment."
EEF said there had been "positive progress" including the introduction of feed-in tariffs, greater focus on developing a gas generation strategy, continuing efforts to encourage investment in nuclear power and support for a 2030 Energy Decarbonisation target. But the organisation is now calling for the Government to ensure that its Energy Bill includes stronger statutory safeguards to control the costs of the new feed-in tariffs, sets a target of introducing technology neutral-auctions for low carbon energy by 2020 rather than its current aspirations for the mid-2020s, and takes further steps to reduce the exposure of energy-intensive industries to higher electricity prices.
"It also needs to maximise the number of manufacturers able to take part in climate change agreements, the best mechanism for them to reduce carbon emissions, rather than the bureaucratic Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme," adds the EEF.