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? April 2022
2 Transferring Ownership of a CCA April 2022
3 FDF CCA Administration Charges April 2022
3a FDF Supermarkets Administration Charges November 2017
4 Completing HMRC PP10 and PP11 Forms April 2022
5 Timetable of CCA Activities April 2022
6 Obligations under your CCA including Audits July 2017
7 Reporting data at each Target Period:
Target period Reporting
Target Period Reporting NOVEM
April 2022
8 CCAs and other schemes April 2022
9 Glossary and Abbreviations April 2022
10 What happens if... April 2022
11 NOVEM targets April 2022
12 CCA NOVEM template January 2022
13 HMRC State Aid Reporting November 2021
14 Penalties for non-compliance April 2022
15 Application Documentation April 2022


Updates & milestones

New entrant window for Climate Change Agreements

Climate change & net zero

A window for new entrants is now open for a limited time.  This will allow eligible operators another opportunity to join the current CCA scheme and benefit from the discount on the Climate Change Levy whilst the replacement scheme (for post March 2025) is being consulted on. Please submit your application to SLR Consulting no later than 28th February 2022 to allow SLR time to check documents, resolve queries and upload the submission before the Environment Agency deadline of 31st March 2022.  Please contact the helpdesk should you have any questions or require an application pack sending out.

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.

Enter the FDF Awards

Entry deadline is Friday 26th March.


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