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AAT calls on gov to make tax policy changes for net zero goal

These steps include reforming aviation tax in light of recent proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty on UK domestic flights and reducing the use of plastic packaging

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has called on the government to take steps to make changes to tax policy in order to reach the goal of net zero by 2050.

Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place this November in Glasgow, the group wrote to Alok Sharma MP and set out a number of steps the government could take to enhance its environmental credentials and make a more positive impact on reducing environmental damage.

These steps include reforming aviation tax in light of recent proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty on UK domestic flights and reducing the use of plastic packaging, as well as increasing the proposed 30% threshold for recycled content in plastic packaging.

Phil Hall, head of public affairs and public policy at AAT, said: “The upcoming COP26 represents a real opportunity for the government to back its ambitious and world-leading plans to tackle climate change, as ministers refer to them.

“AAT has been active in responding to consultations and government committees on these issues in recent years and has outlined a number of areas where the government could make changes. These would help to reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by going further and faster than we are currently.”

He added: “By taking steps now to promptly implement the changes suggested, the government can make a credible difference to tackling the threat of climate change and enabling individuals and businesses to play their part.”

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