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Carbon Trust confirms changes to the Energy Technology List

31 March 2015

Changes to the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme for energy changing technologies have been announced as part of the UK government’s Budget 2015.

A number of technical and criteria changes will be made to the Energy Technology List (ETL), which details products qualifying for the ECA scheme that allow companies to set 100 percent of the cost of the assets against taxable profits in a single tax year. The changes to the ETL, which will be updated in the summer, include:

- Introducing a new category of Waste Heat to Electricity technology that can be used to improve on-site energy savings. Use of this technology could, over a 5 year timeframe, support carbon savings of 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and reduce on-site electricity consumption by 75GWh.

- Making a significant change to the Packaged Chillers technology category, permitting listing of equipment only when supported with seasonal performance data.

- Expanding the range of Air to Water Heat Pumps technologies supported, improving alignment with Eco-Design regulations, and a moving to seasonal performance measurement.

- Changing the qualifying thresholds for Heat Pump Driven Air Curtains and removing single split water source products from this category.

- Expanding the technologies supported under the categories of Converter Fed Motors (previously listed as Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors) and Line Operated Motors (previously listed as Single Speed Induction Motors).

- Changing the qualifying thresholds for both High Efficiency Lighting Units and White Light Emitting Diode Units.

- Changing the qualifying thresholds for Refrigerated Display Cabinets and Close Control Air Conditioning, as well as changing the product testing conditions for the latter.

There will also be minor housekeeping changes made to some criteria, and any ETL listed suppliers affected by these changes will be informed directly.

“We are delighted to see these changes approved by government," says Paul Huggins, Associate Director, Technology Programmes, at the Carbon Trust. "They ensure that the ETL remains the foremost and largest list of commercial and industrial energy saving products available in the UK. 

"The ETL helps businesses identify best in class products and gives them confidence that claimed energy savings can be achieved.  Purchasing ETL listed products enables customers to claim enhanced capital allowances and can also help them achieve SKA or BREEAM environmental impact certification.”

For more information on these changes you can contact the ETL Team directly by emailing or by calling 0300 3300657.

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