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Energy Policy, Security and Costs

BCC campaigns for secure industrial energy supplies (gas and electricity) at internationally competitive prices – and a fair transition to a low carbon economy. All energy-intensive industries, such as ceramics, are vulnerable to massive unilateral increases in UK energy and carbon costs. As ceramic companies compete internationally, we need a level playing field. We also work across the industry to help our members share good practice to identify, develop and implement economically viable energy efficiency measures and decarbonisation technologies. 






The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is applied to all non-domestic energy bills and effectively taxes businesses on their energy consumption and its associated environmental effects. By participating in a Climate Change Agreement (CCA), businesses in certain sectors may pay a reduced rate of CCL in exchange for meeting tough energy efficiency or carbon abatement targets that were agreed with the Government in December 2012.  

BCC also successfully led calls for the Government to introduce a full exemption from CCL for the energy used in mineralogical processes.

The mineralogical process exemption, which came into effect in April 2014, benefits the majority of ceramic manufacturers. 

In addition to helping ensure that members remain compliant, BCC actively monitors and provides input into Government’s policy developments in these areas. BCC is recognised by regulators as the leading contact for the ceramics industry. 



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Energy Policy, Security and Costs Issue Series

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Energy Policy, Security & Costs No 52: Guidance and Application Forms for UK Renewables Compensation (Members Only)

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Energy Policy, Security & Costs No. 51 – State Aid Approval for UK Renewables Compensation (Members Only)

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Energy Policy, Security and Costs No. 50 – ESOS Notification System (Members Only)

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Energy Policy, Security and Costs Issue No. 49 – Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme: Publication of EA’s Enforcement Approach (Members Only)

Links, Consultation Responses and Key Documents

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E&E Timeline – 4th May 2021

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BCC response to BEIS call for evidence on improving business energy use (Members Only)

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BCC response to National Grid 2017-18 Winter Review and Consultation (Members Only)

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BCC submission to HofL Inquiry Brexit energy security (Members Only)

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BCC response to National Grid 2017-18 Winter Consultation (Members Only)