Environmental and Transport Taxation Policy
The Government is committed to improve the quality of life for everyone by ensuring that development occurs in a sustainable way, balancing economic, social and environmental considerations. Society needs to make more productive use of existing natural resources by engaging in more environmentally friendly practices and investing and developing new and renewable technologies. This will help achieve the quality of life we expect today and for generations to come. The quality of the environment affects everyoneís quality of life, directly through Ė for example Ė the air and water they consume, and also through longer-term influences such as climate change.
The Governmentís strategic framework for delivering its environmental objectives is set out under the following themes:
All sectors of the economy need to a play a part in tackling climate change and air quality. The Government has put in place a range of policies to generate improvements across the UK. These include policies relating to business, households and transport.
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To help tackle climate change and improve air quality:
introducing the climate change levy package from 1 April 2001;
an emissions trading scheme;
Green Fuel Challenge to promote cleaner fuels;
a new Green Technology Challenge to further promote cleaner technologies;
tax incentives for businesses to promote greener modes of travel; and
fuel duty differentials to promote use of cleaner and alternative fuels.
To help regenerate Britainís towns and cities:
To help protect Britainís countryside:
- the introduction of the aggregates levy and the Sustainability Fund from April 2002;
- acceptance of voluntary proposals from industry to reduce the environmental impact of pesticides use to be implemented from 1 April 2001;
- pre-announced annual increase in landfill tax to £12 per tonne, and plans to consult on future reform of the landfill tax credit scheme whilst challenging industry to allocate more tax credits towards sustainable waste management; and
- has set a challenging target for the waste industry to allocate 65% of tax credits towards sustainable waste management.