French plan to tax appliances 'ill-conceived'

A French environment ministry proposal to impose a levy on all appliances with energy labels is rushed and ill-conceived, electronic goods associations FIEEC, GIFAM and ENVIE warned as details of the plan emerged last week.

The idea, which was made by a group of experts taking part in a national energy efficiency round-table, involves using the proceeds to help low-income households buy greener appliances. The levy would vary according to the energy performance of specific products, in common with the French 'bonus-malus' tax and subsidy scheme for cars.

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