Additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions

Other areas of support available from the government that can help businesses, employees, and the self-employed.

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Energy Trends: UK gas

Data on the UK’s gas sector, including upstream production, trade and demand.

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Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.

Last updated: 28 May 2020

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Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough next steps

The government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, giving more security to individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by coronavirus in the coming months, the Chancellor announced today (Friday 29 May 2020).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 27 May 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

Contents:

  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live
  • Reminder: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) business webinars – find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.

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Aluminium – the infinitely recyclable metal

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One of aluminium’s advantages over competitor materials is its capacity for repeated recycling with high recovery rates, without loss of quality. Aluminium recycling offers clear energy and environmental benefits; it requires only around five percent of the energy use and emissions associated with primary production. However, the recycling industry faces technical challenges both in making further efficiency improvements to melting and purification systems and in ensuring a steady and reliable scrap stream.

Most new aluminium scrap, also known as pre-consumer scrap, arrives at the recycling industry directly from product manufacturing. The quality and the nature of the alloy is known; in addition, it is often uncoated. This means it can then be melted with little preparation, apart perhaps from baling. Such scrap is usually collected by the re-melters in order to produce new wrought aluminium alloys.

Old aluminium scrap, also called post-consumer scrap, comes into the recycling industry via a very diversified and efficient network of metal merchants and waste management companies equipped with the technology to recover aluminium from vehicles, buildings, household goods, etc. This is often performed with heavy equipment such as shredders in parallel with magnetic separators to remove iron, sink-and-float installations or with eddy current installations to separate aluminium from other materials.

Following collection, sorting and preparation, a portion of this ‘old’ scrap is usually purchased by the refiners and is melted mainly into casting alloys, also known as foundry alloys. Refiners recycle not only scrap from end-of-life aluminium products but also scrap from foundries; turnings, skimming’s (dross), etc. A fraction of sorted and prepared scrap is purchased by the aluminium fabrication industry to feed alloy re-melting and casting facilities, ensuring a valuable closed-loop recycling and fabrication process of wrought semi–finished products.

Recyclers use a combination of rotary and reverberatory furnaces that represent about 90% of their furnace technology, while induction technology use is marginal.

The solidification process is closely related to melting and recycling and is also crucial in the aluminium value chain, playing a significant role in the productivity, quality and efficiency of production.

Climate Change Agreements (CCA) Newsletter 20 May 2020

In this newsletter:

  • CCA Extension Consultation;
  • State Aid Transparency – Reminder

CCA Extension Consultation

On 16 April, BEIS published the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme consultation. The consultation will run for eight weeks until Thursday 11 June.

BEIS would welcome your feedback on the proposed changes to the CCA scheme. For more information on the consultation, please go to –

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/climate-change-agreements-scheme-extension-and-reforms-for-any-future-scheme

To respond to the consultation, please go to –

https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/energy-efficiency/climate-change-agreements-extension/

Or via email to: cca@beis.gov.uk

 

State aid transparency – A reminder

HMRC would like to take this opportunity to remind businesses of the EU State aid transparency requirements that are applicable for this year.

The reporting period is from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. The deadline for submitting the reporting form CCL SAT 1 is 31 July 2020. The reporting threshold in sterling is £427,775

Full details can be found in CCA Newsletter #065 (26 March 2020). If you require the reporting from, CCL SAT 1, please contact David Brayshaw: David.Brayshaw@hmrc.gov.uk

If you have any other questions about the content in this newsletter, contact us at cca-help@environment-agency.gov.uk