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What is Climate Change Levy?

The government introduced the Climate Change Levy (CCL) to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions - a principal cause of climate change.

As a tax on the amount of energy you use, CCL is designed to promote energy efficiency and encourage investment in energy saving equipment. We collect CCL, which affects most businesses and public sector bodies paying VAT at the standard rate, from our customers on the government’s behalf.

CCL on your bill

CCL will be shown separately on your bill, is subject to VAT and cannot be reclaimed from HMRC.

Is your supply exempt?

Any supply from renewable sources is automatically exempt from CCL, as is domestic or charitable non-business use. If your organisation is defined as an energy intensive user or a horticulture user, the supply may also qualify for partial exemption.

For more specific information on exemptions, contact the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 0300 060 4000 or visit

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