Green weighting on business rates
Apply a weighting factor on business rates, that reflects the environmental friendliness of the business. For instance, where a retail business's products or services involve no (or few) single use plastics, or heat their premises efficiently, let it qualify for a reduction on business rates. Reductions would need to reflect current norms for the business type and size.
Why the contribution is important
Consumers often do not have the knowledge, experience or influence to alter businesses' wastefulness. Businesses often lack motivation to behave in a more environmentally friendly manner. The financial bottom line is often the only way to make a difference, but if consumers are not equipped to influence behaviours, elected bodies can, and vitally, have a duty, to be the back-stop.
by Patsysmith on November 07, 2020 at 10:40AM