Business energy clients are unsure about the future of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme, according to research.
Energy supplier npower conducted a survey which found almost one in three (29 per cent) UK companies believe the government's CRC will not help the country meet its ambitious emissions-cutting targets, despite this being a key aim of the initiative.
Furthermore, 45 per cent of firms want the CRC scrapped altogether.
The findings come after chancellor George Osborne announced the financial incentive element of the scheme would be removed in his Comprehensive Spending Review, which raised concerns that businesses would not comply with the CRC without encouragement.
Dave Lewis, head of business energy services at the energy supplier, commented: "It is concerning that the changes to the CRC have resulted in businesses putting less priority on reducing emissions.
"We feel it is important that organisations focus on the best practice behaviour the CRC sets out to encourage, as energy efficiency and effective energy management make sound commercial sense, with or without the scheme," he added.
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