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Horticultural Development Company
Stoneleigh Park
T: 024 7669 2051
HDC is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Written by:
from HDC
Farm Energy
The Energy Centre
Stoneleigh Park
Warwickshire CV8 2LS
T: 024 7669 6512
FARM ENERGY is a trading name of FEC Services Ltd
Latest CCL consultation
- have your say
Horticulture will continue to be
eligible for Climate Change Levy (CCL)
discount until 2023, but the terms of
the new scheme which will run from
2013 have yet to be determined. The
current Government consultation
closes on 28th October 2011 and the
NFU is formulating the response on
behalf of horticulture.
If you receive CCL discount or want to get
it in the future, the new rules will afect
your business, so now is the time to make
your voice heard. Key proposals are:
1. To have 4 target periods lasting 2 years
each starting in 2013, 2015, 2017 and
2. Sites whose eligible energy use is
more than 70% (rather than the
current level of 90%) of the total
energy consumption will be able to
claim the CCL discount on their entire
3. To scrap the current carbon trading
arrangements and replace with a fxed
price (set by Government) for carbon
purchases. This is likely to increase the
costs for sites that fail to meet their
4. Department of Energy & Climate
Change (DECC) to hand over the
operation of the scheme, with
the Environment Agency being
the preferred choice for England.
Participants will have to pay for the
Government administration costs,
likely to be around £1,250 a year.
Please give your feedback to either Chris
Hartfeld, Horticulture Policy Advisor at
the NFU or to Farm Energy who administer
the current arrangements on behalf of
the NFU. Alteratively you might consider
responding direct to DECC.
Access the consultation at
uk: “Consultation on the simplifcation of
the Climate Change Agreements Scheme”,
Carbon Trust advisory analysis has
found that businesses which invest in
renewable energy could make average
returns of 11-12% and in some cases in
excess of 20%.
Government incentives such as Feed-in
Tarifs and the Renewable Heat Incentive
mean that producing renewable energy
ofers much more than just a way to
combat rising fuel prices – you can also
achieve excellent returns on capital
investment. And the report highlights
agriculture as one of the sectors with most
to gain.
Anaerobic digestion, wind, biomass
heating systems and ground source heat
pumps are revealed as some of the most
attractive and practical renewable energy
technologies for UK businesses.
Many high street names are already
forging ahead with renewable projects.
ASDA, IKEA, John Lewis and Marks &
Spencer have set a target of moving to
100% renewable energy, sourcing it from
either their own projects or purchases from
energy providers. IKEA already achieves
80% through a mix of ground source heat
pumps, biomass, solar panels and wind
The Trust acknowledges that “selecting
the right strategy for renewable energy
can be a complex area” and recommends
a staged approach to adoption. The wide
variance in returns highlights a need for
opportunities to be carefully appraised
on a business and site-specifc basis. But
the key message is to act sooner rather
than later “before energy price increases
and regulatory pressure become more
For more information: www.carbontrust. “The Case for
How to Save Energy and Grow Disease
Free Ornamental Crops … Specifcally
for production supervisors. Join Farm
Energy specialists Tim Pratt and Chris
Plackett with Tim O’Neill of ADAS for
essential training in greenhouse climate
control and insights into how to save
energy whilst controlling diseases such
as botrytis and downy mildew.
• 6th Oct 2011, Lovania Nurseries, Preston.
• 20th Oct 2011, Roundstone Nurseries,
Study tour, January 2012 ... Keeping up
to date with Dutch R&D. Visit a number
of energy saving projects and facilities
in the Netherlands, including latest
work with LEDs, reduced CO
techniques and low energy climate
Focus on edible crops, February 2012 ...
How to practically implement humidity
controls based on vapour pressure defcit
(VPD). The GrowSave project team at
Farm Energy will work with two HDC
tomato grower members to implement
VPD control and monitor the results.
They’ll then hold two nursery visits to
look at the results and discuss the pros
and cons of the technique.
Full details and booking information at
Information about the events will also
be emailed to HDC members. Look out
for new factsheets and downloads on
the GrowSave website over the coming