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NNC calls for an end to misleading green energy claims

The National Consumer Council (NCC) and energywatch have put their weight behind proposals for a government-backed green energy accreditation scheme, to put an end to potentially misleading claims over 'green' energy tariffs.According to NCC research, two thirds of people say they would consider switching to a green energy tariff, but, only around one per cent have done so - the NCC and energywatch argue that the confusion around the tariffs is a big part of the problem. The scheme would ensure that tariffs that are clear and really do reduce carbon emissions and would also mean that energy companies could no longer take advantage of complex regulatory rules that allow them to count the 'greenness' of their electricity more than once. NCC and energywatch have also requested that green tariffs are ranked according to the carbon they save, in order to help consumers pick the tariff that is right for them.Jonathan Stearn, head of campaigns at energywatch, said: "Low levels of trust and confusion are holding the green energy market back. "Consumers need verified information so they can choose with confidence the green tariffs that make a difference by reducing carbon emissions. "Our proposals would ensure that tariffs are transparent, offer additional environmental benefits and are independently verified."

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