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    What is the Climate Change Levy (CCL)?

    Climate Change Levy (CCL) is an environmental tax designed to help businesses to reduce energy consumption. It relates to supplies of electricity, natural gas supplied by a gas utility, petroleum and hydrocarbon gas in a liquid state and solid fuels.

    Climate Change Levy rates

    For the latest CCL rates per kilowatt-hour on natural gas and electricity, please find more information below:

    Time period Gas Electricity
    1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 0.195p/kWh 0.559p/kWh
    1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 0.198p/kWh 0.568p/kWh
    1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 0.203p/kWh 0.583p/kWh
    1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 0.339p/kWh 0.847p/kWh
    1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 0.406p/kWh 0.811p/kWh
    1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 0.465p/kWh 0.775p/kWh
    1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023 0.568p/kWh 0.775p/kWh
    1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 0.672p/kWh 0.775p/kWh

    Businesses that pay the standard rate of VAT (20%) are also charged the CCL, although there are exceptions.

    Climate Change Levy exemptions

    There are requirements to receive the CCL exemptions, these are:

    • Your business uses small amounts of energy – less than 33kWh electricity and/or 145kWh gas a day
    • You are a domestic energy user, i.e., energy is used in homes, schools, caravans, and self-catering accommodation
    • You are a charity involved with non-commercial activities

    Even if you’re not liable, you may still be able to pay a reduced rate by making energy-efficient changes to your business. Read more about how to make your business more energy efficient.

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    How is the Climate Change Levy (CCL) charged?

    Business suppliers are accountable for charging the correct CCL, as they supply the taxable commodities. Once the energy supplier has obtained the CCL charge, it is passed on to HM Revenue & Customs. Each business must register for the Climate Change Levy. If you do not pay the Climate Change Levy – or you don’t register – you’ll have to pay a penalty of £250 for each instance.

    Paying a reduced rate on CCL

    To pay a reduced main rate on CCL charges, energy-intensive businesses must enter into a climate change agreement (CCA) with the Environment Agency. A CCA is an intended agreement that plans to decrease energy use and COemissions.

    The trade-off means you’ll have to increase your business’ energy efficiency and reduce your average energy consumption. You’ll also have to calculate and report your business’ energy use and carbon dioxide emissions against targets over four two-year terms.

    Businesses which agree to be bound by a CCA will receive a reduction of 90% in the CCL rate paid on electricity bills, and a 65% reduction on all other fuels. To find out if your business is entitled to sign up to a CCA, click here for more information.

    If your business meets its targets at the end of each term, you will then continue to obtain the Climate Change Levy discount.

    Claiming back on the Climate Change Levy

    If you’ve overpaid on your Climate Change Levy, it’s possible to obtain a tax credit. Head to the Gov.uk page for more information as well as the necessary forms to submit.

    Frequently asked questions

    The energy regulator, Ofgem, will implement a SoLR or “supplier of last resort” if your supplier ceased business.

    No, if your supplier ceased business, your supply will not be cut off. This is because you will be given a SoLR or “supplier of last resort” to ensure you have a continuous supply of gas and electricity. Other suppliers will bid to replace the contracts of businesses that have ceased trading and Ofgem will try to get the best possible deal for the customer in these circumstances.

    Ofgem will be working on finding your new supplier as quickly as possible. This will be announced on their website within a few days.

    Your business contract will now be void and you will immediately be put on an “out of contract” rate which may result in your bills increasing. This will only be the case until a new tariff is agreed.

    In regards to domestic customers, the protection of funds paid by non-domestic customers into their accounts “cannot be guaranteed”. Find out more information here.

    Depending on your new supplier, you will still need to pay the debt to your new supplier if they have agreed to take on customer debts owed to your old supplier. If this is not the case, you will need to set up a payment plan with your old supplier’s administrators that will get in touch with you.

    Businesses that use a smart meter will be appointed a SoLR and will still have access to a continuous supply. Similarly, to traditional meters, Ofgem will quickly find a suitable supplier for the circumstances. If a supplier is appointed but they can’t operate your smart meter in smart mode, it will work as a traditional meter for that time.

    Ofgem advises that you should not cancel your direct debit as your new supplier will get in touch to provide further information on direct debit arrangements.

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