CMA consults on environmental sustainability for net zero: The competition watchdog is looking for views to help advise the government on how competition & consumer systems can better support the UK’s net zero & sustainability ambitions.

The start of the consultation comes after Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng asking the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to supply advice on how the tools accessible under competition & consumer law can help Britain’s green goals, alongside preparing for climate change.

Before acknowledging the government, the CMA is seeking views from all interested parties to guarantees it gives informed advice.

Important areas in which it is looking for information, until 10th November 2021, contain competition law enforcement, merger control, consumer protection law & market investigations.

It is specifically interested in listening to views about particular instances where businesses or consumers felt competition or consumer law affected their ability to act sustainably.

CMA General Counsel Sarah Cardell stated: “We welcome this opportunity to advise the government on these important issues, particularly as the UK prepares to host the COP26 conference.

“More than ever, it is important that public bodies, businesses, non-governmental organisations & consumers consider their contribution to the achievement of the UK’s net zero and environmental sustainability goals. We want to make sure that the competition & consumer enforcement regimes are able to play their part too.

“Supporting a wider effort to make our economy cleaner & greener is one of the CMA’s top priorities. That’s why we’re keen to hear from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. This feedback will help shape the advice we give to the government.”

CMA consults on environmental sustainability for net zero

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