Palace of Westminster meeting on Energy & Carbon Reporting with Lord Resedale

ALFED CEO, Tom Jones visited the Palace of Westminster for a meeting and presentation by Lord Resedale on Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR).

What is SECR ?

  • Reporting on Energy, Carbon & Efficiency Measures
  • Replaces CRC efficiency scheme & mandatory GHG reporting
  • Introduced to bring all energy and carbon regulations under a single reporting regime

The presentation included the below topics – SECR: background, purpose and process

  • What is SECR?
  • Who needs to report?
  • What needs to be reported?
  • How is the information reported?
  • When will companies need to report?
  • Tax implications
  • EMA Aims

ALFED/TWI networking event in Cambridge

We had a fantastic collaboration day with TWI! Check out the photos and what we got up to!

Aluminium for Engineers Workshop

This live, tutor-led interactive workshop will be delivered over four mornings via our zoom platform.

An intensive course that creates the foundation and builds up knowledge from basic introduction to metals to the wide application of aluminium. The ‘Aluminium for Engineers’ syllabus covers metallurgy, specification, heat treatment, wrought processing, joining, testing, corrosion, coating and more.

All participants get a complimentary copy of the Aluminium Federations’ book ‘The Properties of Aluminium and its Alloys’.

This course is aimed at metallurgists, designers, manufacturing engineers and companies transitioning into aluminium.

Dates: 24 & 25 November and 1 & 2 December 2020: 9.30-12.30

Cost: £395 + VAT per person

Register: Aluminium for Engineers

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Leaving the EU – Advice for businesses

Leaving the EU: advice for businesses

Use this information to help you prepare your business for leaving the EU.


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When the UK leaves the EU there may be changes that affect your business. This leaflet contains some of the actions you can take now to help you prepare.

It also includes guidance on the wide range of support available to help your business grow as the UK leaves the EU.

This information is available to download for print or for viewing on screen.

Carbon Reduction Commitment, CRC

As announced in the 2016 March Budget, the CRC scheme will close following the 2018-19 compliance year. A statutory instrument to this effect was introduced in July. CRC participants are required to report for the last time by the end of July 2019 and surrender allowances for emissions from energy supplied in the 2018-19 compliance year by the end of October 2019.

Our energy partner, LG Energy have prepared a factsheet for SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)).

This is compliance which is replacing CRC and starting as of 01st April 2019. SECR is for reporting on consumption, transport costs and GHG emissions which will needed to be included in the April 2019-March 2020 financial report for companies who are captured. If a company has their financial year different to this (eg. January –December). Then they will not need to start reporting until the start of their next financial year (eg. January 2020).

Some companies will already be adhering to this via ISO14001 or ISO50001 but the majority will need to employ a company to help assist with it.

MCCG: Paper on net-zero carbon for CCC discussion

Climate Change Committee Assessment of Reaching Zero Carbon by 2050

Manufacturers’ Climate Change Group (MCCG)
The MCCG represents key UK manufacturing sectors affected by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and other climate change instruments. Check out the article for more information here

See the link for UK government grant funding programmes for energy intensive industries


Update DIT ‘no deal’ planning 15.03.19

DIT ‘no deal’ planning

  • As part of no deal planning, DIT current intention is to switch off the prior surveillance licence requirement for certain aluminium products, as introduced by the EU in 2018.
  • The licences aren’t required for safeguards investigations, or indeed antidumping and anti-subsidy investigations, as it doesn’t provide the live import data needed – the licences only indicate an intention to import within a certain timeframe.
  • This won’t impact the new UK Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate’s (TRID( ability to take forward future cases, following complaints by UK producers.  The UK can still implement customs monitoring procedures as required.
  • This doesn’t mean the UK cannot re-introduce licencing at some future point, if it is deemed necessary.  The UK will retain the ability to introduce new prior surveillance licensing requirements.

You can  learn more of the new UK trade remedies framework.  The link below provides information on how TRID will operate.

BEIS Announcements alongside the Spring Statement

beisAn Update on progress towards the Clean Growth Strategy ambition to support businesses to be 20% more energy efficient by 2030 and includes information about 3 announcements.

1. Today, 13 March 2019, as part of the Spring Statement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a call for evidence entitled the ‘Energy Efficiency Scheme for Small and Medium Sized Businesses’.

This call for evidence proposes three options for possible delivery of the scheme (energy efficiency auction, a business energy efficiency obligation and expanding access to finance options to SMEs) and asks for views. It also invites views on any additional delivery models that the Government should consider for the new scheme. Over time, the aim is to reduce business energy bills and lower businesses’ carbon footprint.

The call for evidence will run for 8 weeks and close on the 8 May 2019.

Please find a link to the call for evidence below.

We would encourage respondents to respond via the Citizen Space platform


2. Additionally, please find below a link to our Government response to the call for evidence which closed on the 26 September 2018 entitled ‘Helping Businesses to Improve the Way They Use Energy’. We received 55 responses. The Government response sets out the Government’s intended overall approach to meeting the Clean Growth Strategy ambition.

If you have any queries about any of the publications, please email:


3. Finally, we are also pleased to announce the £6m ‘Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency’ competition opens for applications today. This competition will fund the development of new business models that aggregate and scale up the delivery of small-scale energy efficiency building projects in the commercial and industrial sectors.

It will pilot the most promising business models to show how larger projects can attract more lenders into the market, standardising parts of the process and aggregating a sustainable supply chain to reduce individual project costs.

This competition opened today, and applications need to be received in the next 8-weeks, by 8 May 2019.

Further information about this competition can be found on Contract Finder and please see

For any queries about the competition please email

EU Exit & Trade update 13.03.19

This week’s EU Exit and Trade update from the BEIS Infrastructure and Materials team.  In this edition, we cover information on the following:

  • The UK’s import tariffs in a no-deal scenario
  • Customs arrangements on the Irish border in a no-deal scenario
  • New Prior Informed Consent (PIC) guidance for moving hazardous chemicals
  • Providing Services to EU and EEA countries in a no-deal scenario
  • New HMRC guidance on accounting for import VAT and how to get an EORI number
  • Guidance for UK businessesfrom French customs authorities
  • Trade remedies
  • Research Fund for Coal and Steel
  • Preparing for Brexit Webinars on importing/exporting goods, business legal requirements and intellectual property
  • Links to updated guidance on the Construction Products Regulation, intellectual property and Government procurement.

UK import tariffs in a no-deal scenario  – The Government has today published details of the UK’s temporary tariff regime for no deal, designed to minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries. The regime would be temporary, and the Government would closely monitor the effects of the tariffs on the UK economy. It would apply for up to 12 months, while a full consultation and review on a permanent approach to tariffs is undertaken. Businesses would not pay customs duties on the majority of goods when importing in to the UK if we leave the EU without an agreement. MFN tariffs will remain in place for all products that have a trade remedy in place and are due to be transitioned over in the case of a no deal Exit (58 HS lines). Further detail can be found here and please do email or contact me on the number below if you have any questions on this.

Customs arrangements on the Irish border – In a no-deal scenario, the UK Government would temporarily hold off introducing any checks or controls on almost all goods crossing from Ireland to Northern Ireland, so there will be no need for customs declarations, nor the payment of duty.  The exceptions are:

  • Businesses would still need to pay VAT and Excise on Irish goods that come into Northern Ireland and the UK.
  • Small businesses trading across the border and not currently VAT registered would be able to report VAT online periodically without any new processes at the border.  This would not involve any infrastructure or checks at the border including in Northern Ireland.
  • New requirements would have to be put in place include hazardous chemicals covered by the PIC regulation (see new guidance immediately below), ozone-depleting gases and f-gases – for each of these, checks will not take place at the border but electronic notifications will be required before bringing goods from Ireland to the UK, including Northern Ireland.

Further information about the changes at the Irish Border is available here.

New Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Guidance   – New PIC (Prior Informed Consent) guidance has been issued relating to exports to the EU. If you are intending to export a PIC listed chemical between 30th March and 3rd May, you are advised to contact to request a UK PIC export notification form.  These are similar to the forms that are used under EU PIC. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: ‘UK PIC – 35-day transitional period – notification’.

ECHA has published some similar guidance for EU27 companies intending to export PIC chemicals to the UK after exit:

Providing services to EU and EEA countries after EU Exit  – If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 with no deal, UK businesses will no longer operate under European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for the cross-border trade of services.  This means that UK businesses and professionals providing services in the EEA (including all EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) will be regarded as originating from a ‘third country’, which may result in additional legal, regulatory and administrative barriers. We would encourage you to read the Government’s country-specific guidance for each market you provide services in.  The guides contain information and links to help businesses navigate regulations, including cross-border trade in services, establishing or structuring a business, business travel and visa arrangements, recognition of professional qualifications and data protection.  All guidance would apply from 29 march in a no-deal scenario.

The guides are available here

Guidance on accounting for import VAT in a no-deal  – If you are a VAT-registered business, HMRC has published guidance on how to account for import VAT.  The guidance explains how you can pay when you submit your returns rather than as goods cross the border.  Businesses or individuals who are not VAT-registered in the UK will not be able to account for import VAT in this way and will need to pay import VAT up front as goods cross the border, with the exception of imports from Ireland across the land border as outlined above.

How to obtain an EORI number – If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK businesses looking to import or export goods with the EU will need to apply here for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.  This is a twelve-digit number that starts with the prefix GB.  If you already have an EU EORI number that starts with a different country prefix, you do not need to register for a UK EORI number yet as HMRC will continue to recognise your EU EORI number for a temporary period.  You can contact HMRC’s EORI team on 0300 322 7067 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

Guidance from French customs authorities for UK businesses in the event of a no deal Brexit – The French Customs and Excise authority has published customs guidance to help businesses that move goods between the UK and France to prepare for new customs procedures in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In practical terms, this means border controls will resume and the free movement of capital, goods, services and people (workers, students and travellers) will cease.  In order to benefit from the automated border crossing from 30 March, you must prepare your customs declarations before checking-in your goods at the ports of Calais, Dunkirk or at the Channel Tunnel.  This can be done through UK or French computer systems.  The barcode provided by the French authorities following receipt of a customs declaration will allow your goods to cross the border as smoothly as possible.

Trade remedies – The UK now has its own fully-functioning trade remedies system with the establishment on 6 March of the Trade Remedies Investigation Directorate (TRID).  TRID will conduct the necessary preparatory work to ensure that the UK is ready from 29 March to commence investigations in to unfair trade practices or injury caused by unforeseen surges of imports.  This temporary directorate will administer the UK’s trade remedies functions until the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) is legally established with the passing of the Trade Bill.  Further information can be found here and here.  The Government also laid the relevant secondary legislation to enable these developments – the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the Trade Remedies (Increase in Imports Causing Serious Injury to UK Producers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

Research Fund for Coal and Steel – An overview of the UK’s relationship with the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) has been published together with a Q & A. The Q&A sets out how the UK government will seek to ensure collaboration continues through a variety of measures, which would ensure that UK entities’ right to participate in the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) would be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of projects financed by the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

Preparing for Brexit Webinars – The British Library is hosting a series of webinars on various topics to help businesses prepare in the event of leaving the EU on Friday 29 March without a deal.  If you wish to register to join, please click the link and follow the instructions.

  • Importing and Exporting – 1:00pm-2:00pm on 18 March 2019, covering customs procedures, VAT and excise

  • Business Legal Requirements – 12:00pm – 1:00pm on 19 March 2019, covering operating legally in the EU, cross-border mergers and accounting/auditing requirements

  • Intellectual Property – 11:00pm-12:00pm on 20 March 2019, covering registered and unregistered design rights, trademarks, copyrights, patents and exhaustion

Latest GOV.UK Updates and Changes

HMRC Partnership Pack Most sector-specific pages for partners have been replaced with links to user guidance that partners can share with customers, clients and members; and the Communications resources section now includes links to a range of quick video guides, and a set of information leaflets for use by businesses and stakeholders.

Construction Products Regulation if there is no Brexit deal from Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has been updated to include FAQs

Statutory Instruments relating to EU Exit Links to four new SIs have been included

IP and Brexit: the facts Patent guidance and video under the Statutory legislation section has been added

UK Sanction regimes new pages have been added for South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Procurement Policy Note 02/19: Preparing for the UK leaving the EU was published on 7 March and provides further information on how the UK’s public procurement regulations will be affected in the event of either an agreed deal with the EU or a no deal exit from the EU.

Brexit Webinars

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is putting on a series of Preparing for Brexit webinars which are designed to help businesses to ready themselves in the event of the UK leaving the EU on Friday 29 March 2019 without a deal.

They will cover many of the most important changes that you should be aware of and actions that you can take now, where appropriate.  Each of them will be an hour long, including Q&A at the end.  Please see the details and links below.

Mon 11 Mar 2019, 11:00 – 12:00: Workforce and People, covering employing EU Citizens, business mobility such as intra-company transfers and recognition of qualifications, which can impact the ability to provide services

Tue 12 Mar 2019, 10:00 – 11:00: Regulations and Standards, covering using the CE and UK Mark, labelling and notified bodies [would suggest that chemicals stakeholders remove this one as it is not covering REACH etc.]

Mon 18 Mar 2019, 13:00 – 14:00: Importing and Exporting, covering customs procedures, VAT and excise

Tue 19 Mar 2019, 12:00 – 13:00: Business Legal Requirements, covering operating legally in the EU, cross-border mergers and accounting/auditing requirements

Wed 20 Mar 2019, 11:00 – 12:00: Intellectual Property, covering registered and unregistered design rights, trade marks, copyrights, patents and exhaustion

We hope our members find these webinars useful, please get in touch with if you require any more information