BEIS Re-Opens CCA Scheme

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The government has reopened the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme to new entrants and it’s an excellent opportunity to receive a discount on your Climate Change Levy (CCL). Most companies will have already joined the scheme, however if you’re now eligible, plan to reduce energy consumption and emissions and haven’t yet joined, then you’ll want to read on.

The BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) announced that new firms can join the scheme until the 31st March 2022.

What Is CCA?

A CCA or Climate Change Agreement is a voluntary arrangement that’s available to specific industries with intensive energy usage. Businesses that join a CCA are eligible to receive a discount off their CCL – up to 83% for gas and 92% for electricity – when they agree to meet certain targets. The agreement is between the industry sector and the Environment Agency and you can enter a CCA via an umbrella agreement or underlying agreement.

The discounts started in 2013 and will end on the 31st March 2025. Recent government reports show that the Climate Change Agreements are delivering results and reducing emissions. In 2019 and 2020, CO2 emissions fell by 6.6 million tonnes among CCA members – a saving of 13.3% across 8,705 facilities that had already joined the scheme.*

It’s believed the scheme has saved over 23.8 million tonnes of CO2.

Applying to join a CCA?

If you would like more information to find out if you’re eligible to apply to join a sector CCA, then please get in touch. There are currently 53 sectors with an agreed CCA and we can advise you further on whether you would qualify. The associations involved range from manufacturing and data centres through to laundries, aerospace and bakeries.

Once you’ve been accepted to join the program there’s dedicated compliance and energy management specialists at eyebright to measure your performance and provide support to reduce emissions and meet targets.

To learn more about our support, data driven solutions and meet our industry specialists, please get in touch.

 

* https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-helps-industry-reduce-carbon-emissions-to-fight-climate-emergency

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