More than 50pc support carbon tax on products

29 Sep 2010

Fifty-one per cent of UK consumers believe there should be additional carbon tax on products that cause harm to the environment, a new survey suggests.

The survey, carried out on 2,000 people by environmental consultancy AEA, indicated that a carbon tax on environmentally damaging products would have popular support, after 51pc of the those surveyed agreed that environment-harming products, either directly or through carbon emissions associated with long-distance transport, should carry an additional green tax.

The survey also revealed that 81pc of people favoured buying local products if labels were to display air miles or country of origin, while 30pc of people now grow more of their own food than five years ago, and the same amount of people buy more products and services from businesses that have a good reputation for caring for the environment.