The government was seeking views on potential reforms proposed for a future Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme, to follow on when the current scheme phases down over the period 2022-2025. This consultation closed on 11 March 2022.
First established in 2001, the CCA scheme serves the dual purpose of making energy and carbon savings through energy efficiency targets, whilst also helping to reduce energy costs in eligible industrial sectors by providing a significant discount to participating businesses on the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
We are presently the signatory for three agreements, covering the poultry, pigs and horticulture sectors, which are administered by the NFU Energy team.
Incentivising energy users
NFU and NFU Energy believe this is one of the few government incentive schemes that has consistently incentivised energy users to do the ‘right thing’, making progressive energy efficiency improvements that boost resource use efficiency and productivity, as well as reducing environmental impact – and we want to see something similar continued in the long term.
More inclusive for farmers and growers
Ideally, this should be made more inclusive for farmers and growers that use significant amounts of energy in their process, but fall outside the currently targeted sub-sectors (eg, a large dairy).