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Introduction to Climate Change Agreements

The UK Government set itself a domestic objective to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 20% on 1990 levels by 2010.

Climate Change & the Budget 2011

There were a number of very interesting announcements in the recent budget and it will probably take some time before the full impact can be assessed.

EA Guidance Papers

The following sections provide access to the guidance papers produced by the Environment Agency for the new climate change agreements which began in 2013.

Energy Efficiency Advisor

The Energy Efficiency Advisor is designed to assist companies in the surface finishing and printed curcuit board sectors to reduce energy use and costs.


The Climate Change Agreement helping businesses reduce CO2 emissions and save energy


As part of the Government’s commitment to tackle climate change, the Climate Change Agreement, or CCA, is a package of measures that aims to encourage UK businesses operating in various industry sectors to save energy and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


CCAs are voluntary agreements between industry and the Environment Agency which enables businesses to receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) which is a tax added to energy and fuel bills.  As the designated Sector Association for the surface engineering and heat treatment sector, the SEA is required to manage the CCAs on behalf of the businesses in our industry.



Save money on energy and fuel bills through the Climate Change Agreement


The UK Government recognised that energy-intensive sectors, such as the surface engineering sector, required special consideration in relation to the CCL, so that these industries are able to remain competitive in markets overseas.  This means that businesses carrying out surface engineering and treatment processes are eligible for discounts on the CCL under the Climate Change Agreement, if they meet certain criteria.


Businesses who hold an agreement are required to measure and report their energy use and carbon emissions against agreed targets.  If the targets are met, the business will have the CCL on their electricity bills reduced by up to 90% and 65% on fuel bills.



Call the SEA for help with understanding the Climate Change Agreement


There are two types of Climate Change Agreement, sector-level agreements between The Environment Agency (EA) and the Sector Association, known as ‘umbrella agreements’, and individual agreements between the EA and an individual facility operator, known as ‘underlying agreements’. 


An umbrella agreement sets out sector targets, the sector and the EA’s obligations, as well as the procedures for administering the agreement.  An underlying agreement, however, set out the targets the facility needs to meet, the operator (business) and EA’s obligations, and the procedures for administering the agreement.



Further information on the Climate Change Agreement, and how to check whether your business is eligible, can be found on the Environment Agency website.  If you have any questions on the above and would like to speak to a member of our team, please call us on 0121 237 1123 or email us at membership@sea.org.uk .  



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