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Your Guide to Business Energy Tax, and How to Slash Your Bill

With the looming climate crisis, here's how the UK Government are helping you to go green

The Climate Change Levy

The Climate Change Levy is an environmental tax aimed at encouraging businesses to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. 

 

The tax is imposed on businesses that use commodities like electricity, gas, solid fuels, and liquid fuels. The rate of CCL your business pays depends on the type of commodity you use and how you use it. 

 

The CCL is a significant cost for many businesses, but it can also motivate investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

What Government Schemes are there for Green Businesses?

The UK Government offers some tax reliefs and schemes to help businesses invest in green technology and reduce their environmental impact. These include allowing businesses to claim money back on qualifying energy-efficient plants, electric vehicles, and certain types of green technology:

  • Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme

    CCAs are voluntary agreements between businesses and the government to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses that sign a CCA can benefit from a significantly reduced rate of CCL.

  • Enhanced Capital Allowances

    ECAs allow businesses to claim a 100% first-year capital allowance on certain energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies. This means that businesses can deduct the full cost of the asset from their taxable profits in the year of purchase, which can significantly reduce their tax liability.

  • Annual Investment Allowance

    The AIA allows businesses to claim a first-year capital allowance of up to £1 million on qualifying plant and machinery expenditure. This includes a wide range of energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies.

  • Research and Development tax relief

    R&D tax relief is available to businesses of all sizes that are developing new or improved products, processes, services or materials. This includes businesses that are developing green technologies and solutions.

Government Grants for Green Businesses

The UK government also offers a range of grants and loans to help green businesses invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and low-carbon technologies. These schemes are designed to help and financially encourage businesses to reduce their environmental impact.

The government grants and loans available to green businesses include:

 

Clean Growth Fund: The Clean Growth Fund provides grants to businesses that are developing and deploying innovative low-carbon technologies. The fund is open to businesses of all sizes, and grants are available for projects at all stages of development.

 

Energy Efficiency Fund: The Energy Efficiency Fund provides loans to businesses to help them invest in energy efficiency measures. The fund is open to businesses of all sizes, and loans of up to £10 million are available.

 

Smart Export Guarantee: The SEG is a tariff-based payment scheme that provides financial support to businesses that export excess renewable electricity to the grid. The SEG is open to businesses of all sizes, and payments are made over 20 years.

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The CCL is an energy tax delivered to non-domestic users in the United Kingdom. It was introduced in 2001 and is designed to encourage businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The tax is imposed on businesses that use commodities like electricity, gas, solid fuels, and liquid fuels.

The CCL can provide a number of benefits for your business if you make, or have made, positive efforts to adopt a more green approach to your energy consumption.

 

Such benefits include reduced energy costs, improved business reputation, and access to government funding. 

The UK Government offers several tax reliefs and schemes to help businesses invest in green technology and reduce their environmental impact. These include allowing businesses to claim money back on qualifying energy-efficient plants, electric vehicles, and certain types of green technology.

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