Sector Specific Information

The Surface Engineering Association (SEA) administers 2 climate change agreements on behalf of the Environment Agency and the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). To be eligible to enter into the agreements, companies must meet the eligibility criteria as follows:

Surface Engineering Agreement

A facility belongs to the surface engineering sector if it is a facility which surface treats substances, objects or products using organic solvents, in particular for dressing, printing, coating, degreasing, waterproofing, sizing, painting, cleaning or impregnating or which surface treats metals and plastic materials using an electrolytic or chemical process.

Heat Treatment Agreement

A facility belongs to the heat treatment sector if it is a facility where pre-formed or manufactured metal components are heat treated to facilitate their efficient formability or the enhance their service performance.

Companies operating eligible processes can apply to join the agreements by completing a Facility Eligibility Form (FEF) and providing information on their energy use and production levels. Companies have to commit to meet energy efficiency targets over a 10 year period and in return pay a reduced rate of Climate Change Levy on their energy bills.