Friday, 04 Sep 2020 08:50 GMT

BPIF hails extension of Climate Change Agreements

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has praised the government for its decision to extend the Climate Change Agreement scheme, saying the move will help save money across the industry.

The Climate Change Agreement scheme will remain open to new entrants until November 30th this year, while the Agreements will also run for an additional two years to 2025.

Climate Change Agreements are voluntary agreements made by UK industries and the Environment Agency to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

In return, operators receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax added to electricity and fuel bills.

According to the BPIF, the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hindered the ability of printing companies to apply in recent months, but with most firms now back at work, the extension will allow them to utilise the scheme.

With the industry saving over £14m annually, it’s well worth it

Steve Walker, commercial products manager at the BPIF, comments: “There are already 350 printing companies on the scheme making it one of the largest of the 54 sectors eligible to claim the discount.

“The extension to November 30th should give those companies looking to join the scheme a little extra time to complete the necessary paperwork. We’d love to see more companies benefitting from the scheme over the next three months.

“Although the paperwork can seem quite daunting, the BPIF is there to hold the company’s hand through the whole of the application process.

“With the industry saving over £14m annually, it’s well worth it.”

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