Climate change agreements (CCA)
Produced in partnership with Angus Evers of Shoosmiths
Climate change agreements (CCA)

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Angus Evers of Shoosmiths provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Climate change agreements (CCA)
  • Brexit impact
  • The Climate Change Agreements (Amendment of Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
  • What is the climate change agreement scheme?
  • Who administers the climate change agreement scheme?
  • What facilities are covered by the climate change agreement scheme?
  • Environmental permitting activities
  • Eligible processes
  • What installations are eligible facilities?
  • What is the available climate change levy discount?
  • More...

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Climate Change Agreements (Amendment of Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

The Climate Change Agreements (Amendment of Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/1205 (the CCA EU Exit Regulations) come into force on IP completion date. Regulation 2 of the CCA EU Exit Regulations make amendments to both umbrella agreements and underlying agreements under the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme. The amendments update references to the European Commission’s guidelines setting out the definition of an undertaking in difficulty to the latest version of those guidelines. They also, in light of Brexit, correct deficiencies in cross-references to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Union and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC.

For more information on the commencement of Brexit SIs and on retained law, see Practice Notes:

  1. Brexit legislation tracker—Brexit SIs—commencement

  2. Introduction to retained EU law

What is the climate change agreement scheme?

The CCA scheme entitles eligible facilities

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