Evidence Secures Big Savings for Poultry Farmers17 January 2013
UK - The Farm Energy Centre (FEC) working on behalf of the NFU have agreed New Climate Change Levy (CCL) targets with the Government which will save poultry farmers an estimated £8.25 million over the next 10 years.
The NFU and FEC have been working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to agree a 17.9 per cent energy saving target which will run from next year until 2020.
Growers who meet this target will then be able to claim a discount on the levy of 90 per cent on electricity and 65 per cent on other eligible fuels. DECC had proposed a target of 22 per cent but FEC and the NFU presented evidence which showed that a lower target of 17.9 per cent was more realistic of what poultry producers could achieve by 2020. This change in percentage will mean the scheme will cost scheme members £300,000 less to participate and will generate over £7.75 million in CCL tax rebates.
NFU Chief poultry adviser Kelly Watson said: "The hard work put in by FEC, as well as the NFU, has secured a fantastic result for our members. We are pleased that the Government has accepted our evidence and this has resulted in a realistic and achievable target that will help to motivate producers to continue saving energy and money."
"We have worked closely with the industry to properly understand where savings can be made in the future," commented FEC Commercial Director Chris Plackett. "Our evidence convinced DECC that industry can continue it’s previous record of energy saving over the next 10 years, but the previous investments made by the poultry industry meant that the extent of the savings was limited by both the technologies and capital available for investment."
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