The Consumer Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation and is committed to working with the Department for Regional Development (DRD), the Department of the Environment (DOE), and the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) concerning the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 181/2011 (the Regulation).
The current consultation document outlines the Department’s intention to increase the levy on single use carrier bags to 10 pence. The paper also proposes that any reusable bag sold for less than 40 pence will also be subject to the levy.
Given Northern Ireland’s geographic location, the region’s passengers are dependent on air travel to access GB destinations and further afield. The Northern Ireland’s air links, both international and domestic make an important contribution to the region’s economic growth and social well-being, supporting trade and inward investment and facilitating tourism.