EEF, the manufacturer’s organization, in the UK, recently polled firms on their capacity to meet green policies, and the results have led to criticism of the UK government.

The firms were polled on policies such as measures to monitor carbon dioxide emissions, rules on energy efficiency and reporting on companies’ environmental performance.

A large majority said the bureaucracy involved in complying with the regulations was time-consuming and inefficient. In some cases, companies are covered by as many as five different regulatory regimes. This made complying with the regulations complex and costly, they said, according to the Guardian.

Gareth Stace, head of climate and environment policy at EEF, said the regulations were a patchwork that had been put together in different stages, without a clear and coherent framework. “We need a strategic review in the next few years,” he said.

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