British industrialists and environmentalists have clashed over the impacts of the country's 18-month old industrial energy tax, the climate change levy, as the government prepares to announce a new environmental taxation strategy later this month.
Industry groups the Confederation of British industry (CBI) and the Engineering employers federation (EEF) issued a joint review on Friday expanding on similar earlier claims that it was damaging Britain's competitiveness (EED 24/09/01). Manufacturers paid net UK£143m (€224m) extra in the levy's first year, the groups claimed. Progress in cutting energy consumption has been "patchy", they added.
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