Assembly Members will debate whether to introduce a pilot scheme for
Personal Carbon Accounts in Wales on Wednesday (4 October).
Personal Carbon Accounts is a concept developed since the mid-1990s.
Each individual has a Personal Carbon Account at the same bank as
their current account it is like a bank account with a debit card, and
in a different currency.
The government ‘tops up’ the account with free carbon credits
each month. Each time a user buys petrol, diesel, gas, electricity or
fuel oil the carbon debit card is used to reduce the account balance
by the carbon value of the fuel purchased
If users have used all their carbon credits they can buy more. Unused
credits can be sold for real money.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change
and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas will open the debate said:
“I’m delighted I’ve secured a debate on this issue with the
support of other members from different political parties.
“Personal Carbon Accounts could be an important way of reducing our
carbon emissions and mitigate climate chaos. It fits in with the Welsh
approach to cut our carbon and wider international agreements like the
“What is interesting with the Personal Carbon Accounts is that it
provides freedom of choice. There is no restrictions on how much or
what mix of fuels people use.
“It is not a tax: the amounts paid by high emitters are paid to low
emitters and not to government. We all share the burden of dealing
with climate change.
“Low users are rewarded with a visible benefit. It is progressive
because it impacts on low income groups less. Fairness is built in
with everyone getting the same allowance.
“It is voluntary on individuals but mandatory on fuel retailers.
The small carbon charge levied on those without carbon cards should
persuade the majority of the population to sign up.
“The purpose is not to raise money but to change behaviour as the
plastic bag levy did.”
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