Retailers to work with government on efficiency
The British Retail Consortium will work with the government over the coming two months to draw up plans aimed at ensuring that more energy efficient products hit shop shelves during the coming years, it has emerged.
"Britain has led the way in phasing out inefficient light bulbs. I'm proud of this achievement and want to see it taken to a new level with all the electrical products we see in stores," Climate Change minister Joan Ruddock said at a meeting with the consortium last week.
"In 2006, consumer electronics used 15 per cent of the UK's total domestic electricity consumption - and this has the potential to double between now and 2020.
"Switching to more efficient products will make a dramatic difference, both to consumers' bank balances and to the UK's CO2 emissions.
"I want to begin the switch off in inefficient products. Our retailers have a crucial role to play in offering greener choices to consumers, and I am greatly encouraged by their clear commitment to work up this initiative."
Article Date: 26 November 2007
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