Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) are voluntary agreements entered into by UK industry with the Environment Agency to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. In return for meeting targets, participants receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax added to electricity and fuel bills.

The FDF negotiated the overall 'umbrella' industry sector agreement, and set up the subsidiary FDF Climate Change Levy Agreement Ltd. (FDF CCA) to operate it. The FDF CCA is administered by SLR consulting.

The current scheme started in April 2013 and will run until 31 March 2023. We are now working with industry and Government on a successive third phase to run from April 2023.


FDF CCA Guidance notes:

Guidance Note Title Latest version dated
1 What is a CCA? July 2017
2 Applying for a CCA July 2017
3 FDF CCA Administration Charges November 2021
3a FDF Supermarkets Administration Charges November 2017
4 Completing HMRC PP10 and PP11 Forms August 2021
5 Timetable of FDF CCA Activities July 2017
6 Obligations under your CCA including audits July 2017
7 Reporting data at each Target Period:
QE Target period Reporting
2020 Target Period Reporting
Jan 2020
8 How CCAs interact with other schemes July 2017
9 Glossary and Abbreviations July 2017
10 What happens if... July 2017
11 NOVEM targets July 2017
12 Stringency test on targets July 2017
13 HMRC CCA State Aid Reporting June 2019
14 Guidance Note 14 – Penalties for non-compliance December 2018

Updates & milestones

Climate Change Agreements: proposals for a future scheme

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation on ‘Climate Change Agreements: proposals for a future scheme’ with responses due by 11th March 2022.  This is to inform the future of the scheme post its current extension to March 2025, with significant reforms proposed around scheme length, eligibility, and how to increase the uptake of energy efficiency technologies. A further more detailed scheme design consultation will follow later this year. Emma Piercy is drafting an initial response and will then reach out to members of the Environmental Sustainability Committee to provide input.

The road to Net Zero for Food and Drink

On 27 April, in a webinar with key note speech from UK Government’s Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP, the FDF announced its ambition on behalf of the sector to reach Net Zero by 2040.

To provide further support to food and drink businesses, the FDF will also produce a Roadmap to Net Zero Project and accompanying ‘handbook for businesses. The Roadmap and Handbook will be launched at COP26 in November.

Throughout the year, the FDF will also deliver a wider programme of events in order to engage with FDF members and the wider sector on the journey to Net Zero.

Watch the full launch webinar

Enter to win the FDF Environmental Leadership Award

Does your company have a leading environmental initiative?

With increased pressure to engage in sustainable manufacturing processes that minimise the impact on our environment, companies are looking to the future and implementing creative and resourceful systems.

Our Environmental Leadership category is for companies that can meet either of the criteria below:

  • Embedding sustainability throughout a product from development right through to customer use and disposal
  • Ground-breaking initiatives to reduce your company's impact on the planet

Read the 2020 winner’s case study

Enter the FDF Awards before the closing date of 26 March 2021 to make sure your company and colleagues get the national recognition they deserve! It’s completely free to enter, and you can enter in as many categories as you like and nominate multiple projects / colleagues.

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Entry deadline is Friday 26th March.


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