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Climate Change Levy (CCL)

The United Kingdom’s Climate Change Programme was launched by the British government in response to its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. The Climate Change Levy is a tax on energy delivered to users in the United Kingdom. It came into effect on 1st April 2001 and applies to energy used in the non-domestic sector (industry, commerce, and the public sector). Electricity generated from new renewables and approved cogeneration schemes is not taxed. Major Business sells the CCL exempt suppliers ‘green’ and ‘low carbon’ electricity. Electricity from nuclear is taxed even though it causes no direct carbon emissions and goes up in price by inflation each year.

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