Delay on emissions trading scheme will allow businesses to respond to other challenges
Posted by Kevin de Vries | 04/05/2009
Bendigo Business Council says delay on emissions trading scheme will allow businesses to respond to other challenges.
The Bendigo Business Council welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister that the introduction of the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be delayed by 12 months.
"At present, business conditions are pretty challenging" said Bendigo Business Council executive officer Kevin de Vries today. "For businesses dealing with the burden of a prolonged drought, the global financial crisis and the impact of local bushfires, the challenge and complexity of introducing, administering and responding to an emissions scheme would be an insurmountable hurdle. "Governments should be facilitating business operation, not adding to the administrative and operational challenge of business operation," said Mr de Vries.
Although few if any Bendigo businesses would themselves be subject to the ETS, the Bendigo Business Council believes that all businesses would have to understand the implications of such a scheme, the effects on their businesses expenses and the implications for their operations.
"At a time of great business uncertainty, and demanding circumstances for business, the BBC believes that businesses should not face the administrative burden of an emissions scheme"
Despite the delay in the implementation of the ETS announced by the Prime Minister, the BBC believes that substantial opportunities exist for businesses in responding to local and global demands for cleaner and more efficient products. Central Victorian businesses such as Blade Electric Vehicles, Solar Systems and Environmental Villages Worldwide have already identified the potential benefits of investing in resource efficiency and are positioning their businesses to respond to the possibilities of the resource efficient economy.