The Carbon Trust administers the Energy Technology List (ETL) on behalf of the UK Government. The ETL is a list of energy-efficient plant and machinery, that forms part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses. The tax relief benefits associated with procuring products on the ETL is due to end in 2020. Traverse were commissioned to provide support with the design and delivery of four half-day workshops with stakeholders, to explore the future of the ETL in the absence of the ECA tax scheme.
Traverse delivered a programme which included a pre-workshop survey, four workshops and telephone interviews offered to a small number of participants who were unable to attend.
The engagement programme was designed to:
- inform participants about the ETL and the ECA;
- capture participants’ views on the current version of the ETL; and
- capture suggestions and recommendations for future versions of the ETL.
Four workshops were held with 101 participants, over two weeks in London, Manchester and Birmingham, with one telephone interview with a stakeholder based in Glasgow (Table 1).
Workshops were attended by product manufacturers, purchasers, trade bodies, consultants (for example, tax consultancies, energy consultancies), and government bodies. Participants were asked to complete a survey prior to arriving, to understand what sector they were from and what (if any) previous engagement they had with the ETL. Over half of participants who responded to the survey were manufacturers.
The process allowed Carbon Trust and BEIS to gain better understanding of how stakeholders used and understood the ETL, and what effect would arise from the removal of the ECA tax scheme. It will support them in enhancing their website and designing future iterations of the ETL to maximise energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sector.