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The climate change levy (CCL)

The climate change levy was first introduced in 2001 as a government response to the impact of climate change.

It is an environmental tax charged on the energy that businesses use and is designed to encourage business to become more energy efficient to reduce their carbon footprint as well as encourage businesses to invest in generating their own renewable energy.

Who pays the climate change levy?

All businesses in the industrial, public services, commercial and agricultural sectors, are charged the climate change levy on ‘taxable commodities’ for their heating, lighting and other power uses.

How much is it?

There are two rates when it comes to paying the climate change levy; Either the main rate or the carbon price support (CPS) rate.

  • Main rate
    Businesses operating in the sectors above will be charged CCL at the main rate for their electricity, gas and solid fuel use. We list the CCL main rates on your business gas or electricity bill.

    Some businesses are exempt from paying the main CCL rates including non-commercial charities and businesses that consume less energy that the monthly de minimis limit of:
    • 4,397 kWh of Gas
    • 1,000 kWh of electricity

  • Carbon price support (CPS) rate
    Businesses that generate their own electricity may be eligible to pay the reduced Carbon price support rate on the Climate change levy. The idea here is that it will encourage businesses to look at generating their own electricity using renewable technology.

How do you pay?

As a business energy supplier, we are responsible for charging the climate charge levy to our customers as we are supplying the taxable commodity; the gas and electricity.

It forms part of your bill and when you pay us we pass on the CCL to HM Revenue & Customs.

The rates for the CCL are updated every financial year on the 1st April and below are the lastest rates.

Financial year Gas (p/kWh) Electricity (p/kWh)
1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 0.339 0.847
1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 0.406 0.811


You can pay a reduced main rate

Businesses can pay a reduced main rate on CCL charges, but they must enter into a climate change agreement (CCA) with the Environment Agency. A climate change agreement is a voluntary agreement that links a reduction in CCL charges to a business's commitment to reducing energy use and CO2 emissions.

If your business does agree to be bound by a CCA then you will receive a reduction of 90% on the CCL rate paid on electricity and a 65% reduction on all other fuels.

There is lots more information about climate change agreements on the environment agency website as well as checking whether your business is eligible for a CCA.

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