New lease of life for Climate Change Levy discount

Case Studies

Biomethane injected into the Irish grid for the first time

Over 36,000 megawatt hours of biomethane is being supplied to the Irish gas network, produced by an anaerobic digester at a nearby pig farm

An East Anglian landowner adapts and prospers through renewables

The Raynham Estate in north Norfolk is steeped in history and since the 1500s has been a part of the Townshend family, which has...

Wiltshire dairy farm adds energy to milk production

Stowell Dairies required capital investment to improve the dairy unit at East Stowell and to meet amended slurry regulations. EnviTec Biogas UK worked with...

Poultry farmer turned to novel form of ventilation to keep chicks warm

When Nick Bragg set up his Somerset-based Nettlecombe chicken farm business, he was in the enviable position of being able to design the entire...

In the Spring Budget, the Government announced a two-year extension to the current Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, with precise terms now out for consultation.

Eligible businesses that sign a CCA receive a discount to the Climate Change Levy (CCL), the tax added to electricity and fuel bills, in return for reducing their energy use and carbon emissions in line with agreed targets.

Discounts represent considerable savings and are currently 92% for electricity, 81% for natural gas, and 77% for LPG.

New targets will be put in place from January 2021, allowing the extension of the scheme beyond its current March 2023 end date to March 2025. In addition, the scheme will be open to new eligible businesses for the first time since October 2018. Government is also considering the potential for a future scheme beyond March 2025.

If you are not already part of the CCA scheme, now is a good time to consider joining to gain access to those vital CCL discounts while becoming more energy-efficient and cutting carbon emissions. The deadline for new applications to the Environment Agency (EA) is 30 September 2020.

The NFU is the trade association responsible for the horticulture, pig and poultry CCA schemes. NFU Energy administers the schemes for the NFU and provides expert help and guidance to members of the scheme. There is an initial registration fee to set up your CCA plus an annual membership fee to cover ongoing advice, plus administration and support, including the collection and processing of data and returns to the EA.

To find out more, or to join the 700 farm and nursery businesses already represented by NFU Energy, visit their website or call 024 7669 6512. Applications need to be submitted no later than 31st August 2020.

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