The Climate Change Levy was introduced as an energy tax payable by all business. However, some industrial sectors were offered a rebate in the Levy in return for agreeing to specific energy reduction targets. For the textile industry only the wet processing sector (dyeing, printing coating and associated drying and finishing activities) along with spinning, weaving and knitting (and other similar processes) are eligible for the discount.
The Levy is an important scheme for the industry, responsible for saving over 650,000 tonnes of carbon since its start in 2001. During this time the industry has also reduced its energy consumption by 25% and saves the industry more than £5m per year.
The deadline for new or re-entries into the scheme has now passed.
REACH is the EU Regulation covering the import and use of chemicals. It is a huge piece of legislation that covers the use of chemicals in almost all products, including those used in the dyeing and printing process but also chemicals that may be on garments being imported in to the EU.
UKFT members can access a textile and clothing industry specific guide on what REACH means to your business. It includes the UKFT’s own list of restricted chemicals.