The Farm Energy Centre (FEC) working on behalf of the NPA have agreed New Climate Change Levy (CCL) targets with the Government which will save the pig industry an estimated £18.5 million over the next 10 years.
The NPA and FEC have been working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to agree a 22.7 per cent energy saving target which will run from next year until 2023.
Pig farmers who meet this target will then be able to claim a discount on CCL of 90 per cent on electricity and 65 per cent on other eligible fuels. DECC had proposed a target of 31 per cent but FEC and the NPA presented evidence which showed that a lower target of 22.7 per cent was more realistic of what producers could achieve by 2020. This change in percentage will mean the scheme will cost scheme members £200,000 less to participate and will generate over £2.75 million in tax rebates. In addition, the reduced energy use by the sector will lead to a collective reduction in energy bills of over £15.5 million
January 2013/ NPA/ United Kingdom.