Climate Change Levy Scheme

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All UK companies have had a levy imposed on their energy bills since 2001, which has usually been increased each year by the rate of inflation. Since 2001 energy intensive industries such as printing have been allowed to claim a discount from the levy in return for commitments to improve energy efficiency.

The second phase of the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) Scheme started in January 2013 with new entrants being able to join from 1 April 2013. The current Climate Change Levy (CCL) charge is 0.554 pence per kWh on Electricity and 0.193 pence per kWh on Gas with the maximum discounts available being 90% on Electricity and 65% on Gas.

How does it work?

To take part in this voluntary scheme a site needs to enter into a CCA with the Government and submit data every two years via their industry trade association.
As a voluntary scheme a site can leave any time it wishes with no penalty.

What are the benefits?

The financial benefits are as follows and depend on energy usage:

Annual Electricity Usage Annual Site Usage Annual Site Saving

1,000,000 kWh
2,000,000 kWh
3,000,000 kWh

Gas 500,000 kWh
1,000,000 kWh
3,000,000 kWh

The BPIF administers the scheme on behalf of the site, undertaking site visits to explain the requirements, checking the eligibility forms and targets and reporting a site's results every two years.

Sites with a CCA are also exempt from the Governments costly CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Next Steps

There is a charge for the scheme from the BPIF and the Government. The BPIF charge varies depending on turnover and whether the company is a member, but starts at £1,000 per year. The Government charges £185 per year, which the BPIF collects.

So if a site is saving more than the administration fee it makes sense to join the scheme.

For more information please contact:
Steve Walker
Steve Walker
Commercial Products Manager

01676 526 050

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