Changing Climate, Changing Behaviour – Delivering Household Energy Saving Through Fiscal Incentives.
More innovative tax schemes are needed to stimulate 'sufficient levels of demand to meet domestic energy efficient targets...no existing tax measures directly encourage consumers to take action'. Home owners favoured tax incentives aimed at SDLT (stamp duty land tax) and council tax. Consumers are happy to purchase energy efficient goods when they are cheaper, but are unwilling to cut down on actual energy use.
Ethical Consumerism Report 2005; ethical sales up to £29 billion
As the ethical niche becomes mainstream, the Co-op bank warns against complacency. Ethical sales and boycotts outstrip beer and cigarette sales for the 1st time, to reach £29 billion. Over half of people agreed with the statement 'as a consumer, I can make a difference to how responsibly a company behaves'. Ethical investments and banking rose above the £10 billion mark for the 1st time.