Businesses pay £1.5m for breaking environmental laws

A total of 26 businesses have agreed to pay more than £1.5 million for breaking environmental regulations in the UK. The payments range between £1,500 and £375,000 and will be used by 30 charities for projects benefitting wildlife and the environment. According to the Environment Agency, six companies have agreed to make six-figure payments – […]

New £20m pot for businesses that cut energy use

Businesses could receive financial incentives for cutting the amount of electricity they use through a new pilot scheme announced yesterday. British firms and other organisations such as charities that install more efficient motors, air conditioning and lighting could get cash from a fund worth up to £20 million for reducing their energy usage. Energy Secretary […]

Charities lose efficiency VAT help after EU tax row

Charities will no longer be able to claim a discount on the VAT for energy saving materials in some of their buildings from April 2013. Changes to tax law in the 2013 Finance Bill mean buildings used only for non-business such as village halls will not get a reduced VAT rate in the new financial […]

Charities, energy firms and supermarkets lobby Davey

A group of charities, energy firms and supermarkets have written to new Energy Secretary Ed Davey urging him to pursue opportunities for “clean and affordable energy”. WWF-UK, M&S, National Grid, Vodafone are just a few of the firms who signed the open letter. In it, the organisations welcome Mr Davey to the post and hail […]

Charities Overcharged VAT on Energy Bills

Charities will have paid up to £78 million in unnecessary tax this year because almost half of them are unaware that energy used for ‘non-business’ purposes is subject to a reduced 5% VAT rate and exempt from the Climate Change Levy. Charities, which are billed in much the same way as businesses for gas and […]

Ecotricity offers £10million ‘ecobonds’

Green energy supplier Ecotricity is offering £10milion of ‘ecobonds’ to the public. The independent energy company says it is launching them for investors who want to put their money into the green energy revolution without needing “to stick anything on their roof”. The ‘ecobond two’ is the second round of bonds open to UK-based individuals, […]

EON hands out charity grants worth over £236,000

E.ON donated more than £236,000 to charities and not-for-profit organisations from the company’s Employee Community Fund last year. Schools, charities and hospices are among those which have received grants. E.ON Community Relations Manager Suzanne Doxey said: “The passion and enthusiasm that our employees have shown is incredible and we’re delighted to have been able to […]