CCA scheme sees a 13.3% reduction in emissions from businesses

A new report on an energy efficiency reward scheme shows how businesses across multiple industrial sectors are cutting energy usage in order to fight climate change.

The Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme, which offers tax benefits to firms which agree to energy efficiency targets, saw a collective reduction in emissions of 6.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during 2019 and 2020.

This equates to an overall emissions reduction of 13.3% across a total of 8,705 facilities signed up to the scheme, which is administered by the Environment Agency on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The EA’s latest biennial report, published online, also shows that, between 2013 and 2020, the CCA scheme has seen total emissions savings of 23.8 million tonnes of CO2e).

Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency said:

The CCA scheme is encouraging businesses to find ways to reduce their energy usage and consequently their carbon emissions. Innovation is key, and the Environment Agency is here to support that through progressive regulation.

“We are already seeing the effects of climate change in the UK, so it is vital that businesses face up to the challenge of adapting to a different climate, thinking about energy use as well as the use of natural resources, such as water, which will become more scarce in the future.”