The Aims of the Climate Change Agreement

Climate change and global warming have been at the forefront of the news for several years and it is a very real challenge that every country around the world faces.  Global warming is evidenced in rising temperatures, warming oceans, melting polar ice and glaciers, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events.

Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other ‘greenhouse’ gases released into the atmosphere through actions such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes are all causing the earth to warm up.

Some studies suggest that if nothing is done to slow down global warming, the effects to human health, food production, weather and much more will be severely harmed.

The UK government, like many governments across the globe, has put in place several measures to reduce UK emissions.  Its aim is to achieve a long-term sustainable economic growth from a lower carbon economy.  To help individuals and businesses to understand the impacts of climate change, it has published a detailed guide on its website.

As part of a package of measures which aim to help UK businesses reduce CO2 emissions and save energy, the current Climate Change Agreement scheme was introduced in April 2013.  This scheme enables non-domestic energy users to receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy, which all businesses have to pay, in return for a reduction in energy use and CO2 emissions.

Businesses that are deemed to operate in ‘energy-intensive’ industries and that signed up to the Climate Change Agreement are set challenging targets to improve their energy efficiency.  They are required to measure, and then report, the results to the Environment Agency.  The current scheme is due to end in 2023.

Sector associations manage the agreements for business working in their particular sector.  For businesses operating in the surface engineering and heat treatment sector, the SEA is the designated sector association.

More information on the Climate Change Agreement and the surface engineering and heat treatment industry can be found on our Climate Change pages.