Types of Energy Efficiency Funding Available

Saving energy automatically means saving money.

This makes installation of energy efficient technologies smart thinking for any organisation. The Airius destratification system can reduce energy costs and carbon emissions by up to 50% per year.

There are several types of energy efficiency funding available:

  • Energy Efficiency Financing scheme. Loans provided by Siemens Financial Services at commercial rates of interest.
  • Salix Finance scheme. Government-backed financing for public sector organisations (funding pots available periodically)
  • Carbon Trust 0%-interest loans. Government-backed loans for SMEs in Wales and Northern Ireland only.
  • ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). EU funding which is dedicated to regional development. – http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/funding-advice/programmes/european-regional-development-fund

Government Grants & Subsidies

The government has created a number of incentives to help businesses reach its energy efficient targets.

There is a legal commitment by the government to reduce 80% of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 with an interim target of 34% by 2020.

If building improvements are considered energy efficient, Airius will help secure government funding.

We will also ensure that the incentives are not left unclaimed after you have made your building more energy efficient.

5 financial incentives and avoidable fees Airius can help with:

1. ESOS

ESOS_Logo copyESOS is the UK’s response to Article 8 of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive. The aim is to cut carbon emissions by requiring large businesses to identify energy reduction measures and make energy savings.

Under ESOS, all large companies must undertake an energy audit conducted or overseen by an approved ESOS Lead Assessor once every four years. Audits will include an estimate of total energy consumption including buildings, industrial processes and transport, to identify energy saving opportunities.

If you employ more than 250 staff, you will need to ensure that your business is ESOS compliant in order to avoid a £50,000 fine. Airius will provide all the cost and energy saving information required to apply for funding, making energy saving easier and affordable.

The first deadline will be 5 December 2015. Visit the ESOS website for more information on ESOS compliance.

2. The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trusts Energy Efficiency Financing scheme is designed to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest in energy efficient systems with low carbon emissions, such as destratification. The Carbon Trust recommends destratification as one of its top carbon saving measures. View more information on Page 29.

In Partnership with Siemens, The Carbon Trust offer leases, loans and other financing options from £1,000 upwards with no maximum to all types of organisations. New, more efficient equipment should lower energy bills and with payments calculated so that they are offset by the anticipated energy savings, the financing option is designed to pay for itself.

Carbon Footprint LogoAt Airius we aim to make the application process as painless as possible, with the following services:

  • Advice regarding your business’ eligibility
  • Help with completing the Trust’s eligibility form
  • Calculation of the possible energy and carbon savings for your application
  • Provide advice about additional information required by the Trust
  • Liaise with the Trust’s technical consultants while they verify the savings
  • Keep you informed about the application progress
  • Progressing of the application with the Trust

Visit The Carbon Trust for more information about the financing scheme.

3. Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

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The Carbon Reduction Commitment is aimed at ‘large non energy intensive organisations’ such as supermarkets, large offices and hotel or retail chains. It is a mandatory tax on the amount of carbon the organisation emits.

Whether you meet the 6,000 megawatt-hour threshold or not you will have likely had to register your status. The CRC is a mandatory tax or ‘carbon trading scheme’ that requires significant investment to fulfil. The scheme requires organisations initially pay £12 per tonne of CO2 emitted every year, rising to £16 by the end of 2015. This will then increase further year on year from 2016 onwards, in line with the retail price index.

There is a fine for failing to register, or missing report deadlines, costing up to £5,000+ for each day of non-compliance.

The CRC scheme has significant benefits for organisations that embrace the scheme and its intentions. The requirement to report 90% of emissions accurately also inevitably leads to an organisation better understanding its energy efficiency performance.

The CRC league table, which evaluates performance across CRC members also offers your clients and customers an invaluable window to your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

In spite of the scheme’s complex nature, Airius will be able to ensure you fulfil the requirements of the CRC effectively and improve energy efficiency across your organisation.

Salix Logo4. Salix Funding

Salix offers public sector organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland access to funding to address climate change issues and increase their energy efficiency.

Salix provides 100% interest-free capital for the public sector to reduce their energy costs by funding the installation of modern, energy efficient technologies and replacing dated, inefficient systems. View the Salix website for more information.

5. The Climate Change Levy

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The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is a tax on energy delivered to non-domestic users in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to provide an incentive to increase energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions.

Established in 2001 the CCL is a mandatory contribution by non-domestic and non-transport energy consumers in the UK towards renewable energy generation.

If your business is in one of the 54 energy intensive sectors that can apply for a Climate Change Agreement (CCA), it is possible to obtain up to a 90% reduction in electricity and 65% in gas charges of this CCL. However you must be able to demonstrate that you are actively working towards making your business more energy efficient.

If you would like to know whether you qualify for a CCA, please contact Airius today and we will help ensure that you enjoy this relief from the CCL.