Time running out to join Climate Change Agreement

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation is urging companies with cold storage sites who haven’t yet joined a Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme to do so quickly, as the last window of opportunity for applications ends in July 2018, and won’t reopen again until the end of the current scheme in 2023.

Companies that are part of the CCA scheme can qualify for discounts but they have to monitor, measure and report on their power consumption and cold storage volume on an annual basis to measure performance against the agreed FSDF CCA target of 11.7 per cent reduction in energy usage between 2008 and 2020. Companies must also meet specific eligibility criteria.

FSDF chief executive Christ Sturman said: “By joining the FSDF as a Full Member an organisation would be entitled to a 50 per cent reduction on the annual CCA subscription fee. Once signed up and approved as part of the FSDF’s CCA scheme, in return for meeting energy efficiency targets you will receive up to 90 per cent reduction in the Climate Change Levy if your company commits to energy efficiency targets agreed with government, and will be able to apply for a rebate on any CCL charged.”

Climate Change Agreements were first introduced in 2001 by the government of the time to ensure the continued competitiveness of UK energy-intensive sectors and ran to March 2013. From 1st April 2013 newly negotiated CCAs were introduced, with eligible participants to the FSDF CCA scheme receiving up to a 90 per cent discount on their electricity Climate Change Levy (CCL) and up to a 65 per cent discount on gas CCL.