Government ups energy efficiency targets

The Government is to force growers to try and improve their energy efficiency by nearly twice as much as original targets.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has set its new climate-change-levy target for the horticulture sector for 2010.
It wanted to hike the target to 28 per cent but was talked down by the NFU to 20 per cent, said horticultural advisrr Dr Chris Hartfield.
"We argued that many growers made significant improvements in energy efficiency that can't be repeated, by using technology like thermal screens, for example," he said.
"Bearing in mind the tough trading conditions being faced by many growers, the new target is challenging but realistic. It's good but not great."
Businesses paying tax on electricity and gas can claim 80 per cent back by agreeing to meet energy-efficiency targets.
Hartfield reckoned further savings could still be made and that growers would "continue to rise to the challenge of saving energy and money".
The existing 12 per cent target was negotiated when protected horticulture businesses first became eligible for the 80 per cent climate-change-levy discount.
Meanwhile, Defra has published a new "one-stop shop" practical guide to help growers, farmers and land managers protect the environment.
The Code of Good Agricultural Practice consolidates three previous codes last published in 1998 and offers best-practice advice on water, soil and air quality.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

What should growers make of the Government's migration report?

What should growers make of the Government's migration report?

By holding out the "possibility" of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS), the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) long-awaited final report, published this week, makes an exception for fresh produce amid its wider call for a shift away from low-skill immigration.

Tractors: market roundup

Tractors: market roundup

Manufacturers are working to provide solutions to many challenges. Sally Drury looks at their newest models.

What does the Agriculture Bill mean for growers?

What does the Agriculture Bill mean for growers?

The publication of the Agriculture Bill this week formally kick-starts the Government's plans to implement a "green Brexit" for farming, the area of the economy most impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU from next March.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Fruit Producers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon