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Eleven days to Christmas... and only 31 to higher electricity bills

by 5m Editor
15 December 2004, at 12:00am

UK - Are you in the pig sector Climate Change scheme? If so remember to return your completed forms for the second milestone by the end of this month... or you won't get the discount after April next year.

National
Pig
Association

National Pig Association
THE VOICE OF THE UK PIG INDUSTRY

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

If you don't send in your data on time, or it is inadequately completed, you will lose the discount from April for a minimum of two years - which will mean an immediate rise in electricity bills of around 6-8 percent.

At the last count (two days ago) over 100 members of the pig sector scheme had yet to return their forms. Associa, which administers the scheme for the NFU, is trying to contact non-returners, but the onus is on the producer to submit the data. As this is a milestone year, returning the forms is not optional. If you don't have a form, or if you have lost it, you can call the Associa Helpline on 08708 400 686.

Associa has agreed to extend the deadline to January 1, but there will be no further extensions. The final submission date to Defra has no flexibility. The final figures must be in on time or the whole sector will lose its discount.

If your data is not in the submission, you lose the discount, simple as that. There are no appeals and no excuses. As many cats can eat as much of your homework as you like and it will make no difference. It's not like a late tax return which means a fine and a slap on the wrist.

The current position is that the sector seems likely to achieve target. If it does, all members of the scheme will keep the discount as long as they have sent in their data. So even if you haven't reached your target, send it in.

Targets and Performance

Targets are being and have been reviewed for all sectors with Limate Change Agreements in the light of government policy and performance to date, bearing in mind that each sector which gets a CCL discount is expected to make reasonable efforts within its capability.

Original
Actual
Revised
SEC (Specific Energy Consumption)
Target reduction
SEC
Actual reduction
SEC
Target reduction
Baseline
1.240
1.24
Milestone1
1.190
4%
1.061
14.4%
Milestone2
1.141
8%
1.007
**18.8%
Milestone3
1.116
10%
0.992
20%
Milestone4
1.079
13%
0.849
22%
Milestone5
1.042
16%

Source: National Pig Association - 14th December 2004

5m Editor