New programme launched to help businesses secure levy rebates

Businesses wanting to maximise their eligibility for an 80% rebate on the Climate Change Levy that begins operation in less than six months, can now be assisted with a new ‘Levy Rebate Programme’, run by the greenhouse gas management advice company, Greenergy.

The Levy, which is due to come into force on 1 April next year (see related story) could still catch companies out, according to Greenergy. The company’s new Rebate Programme is designed as a low-cost and simple management tool designed to ensure that businesses comply with their Negotiated Agreements and secure their levy rebates.

“The Climate Change Levy and emissions trading are now a reality,” said Dr Richard Tipper, Managing Director of Greenergy Carbon Partners, at the launch of the programme. “Whilst many industry sectors have negotiated agreements and agreed carbon emission or energy efficiency reduction targets for their member companies, many of those companies have not yet put in place management programmes to ensure targets are hit and in order to claim the rebate.”

Greenergy’s programme involves setting a baseline year for reductions in emissions, undertaking an energy assessment, setting reduction targets, evaluating various energy and emission reduction measures, and implementation of monitoring programmes in order to check a company’s performance against its agreed progress targets.

“Prudent business should act now to ensure that they will be able to claim their rebates, that they understand the potential impacts of emissions reduction and the opportunities presented by the new emissions trading markets,” said Tipper. “The Levy Rebate Programme is the simple way to begin this process.”

Since its announcement last year the Climate Change Levy has been widely criticised by industry (see related story).

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