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Evidence Secures Big Savings for Pig Industry

24 January 2013, at 10:14am

UK - The Farm Energy Centre (FEC) working on behalf of the National Pig Association have agreed New Climate Change Levy (CCL) targets with the Government which will save the pig industry an estimated 318.5 million over the next 10 years.

The NPA and FEC have been working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to agree a 22.7 per cent energy saving target which will run from next year until 2023.

Pig farmers who meet this target will then be able to claim a discount on CCL of 90 per cent on electricity and 65 per cent on other eligible fuels. DECC had proposed a target of 31 per cent but FEC and the NPA presented evidence which showed that a lower target of 22.7 per cent was more realistic of what producers could achieve by 2020. This change in percentage will mean the scheme will cost scheme members 3200,000 less to participate and will generate over 32.75 million in tax rebates. In addition, the reduced energy use by the sector will lead to a collective reduction in energy bills of over 315.5 million

NPA Regions Manager Lizzie Press said: “The hard work put in by FEC, as well as the NPA, has secured a fantastic result for our members. We are pleased that the Government has accepted our evidence and this has resulted in a realistic and achievable target that will help to motivate pig farmers to continue saving energy and money.“

We have worked closely with the industry to properly understand where savings can be made in the future, commented FEC Commercial Director Chris Plackett. Our evidence convinced DECC that industry can continue it’s previous record of energy saving over the next 10 years, but the previous investments made by farmers meant that the extent of the savings was limited by both the technologies and capital available for investment.

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