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Energy - reducing costs for pubs


The 2016 Budget contained a vast range of measures that will affect the day-to-day running of a brewery or a pub. An area that has been mostly overlooked is proposed changes to energy efficiency tax and regulation. The Government announced a consultation into the energy efficiency policy landscape at the Summer Budget in 2015. The BBPA alone responded to this on behalf of the brewing and hospitality industry with four key points:


  • Simplification of reporting
  • Continuation of Climate Change Agreements
  • Protection for small businesses from increased taxation
  • Abolition of Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

The 2016 Budget delivered on three of our four proposals. Overall this is a hugely positive outcome but an ongoing issue is the lack of a commitment to protect small businesses like pubs from the Government's CRC reclaim.


The BBPA will continue to lobby to reduce the tax impact on the industry but we feel that it is also vital to promote best practice to make the sector more sustainable. The BBPA has therefore devised a number of fact-sheets to assist pubs with using energy costs. The energy saving best practice covers 5 areas and can be found below: