Tax relief for green businesses

Melanie Richardson


How sustainable choices can help your bottom line…



Given the results of climate change, it makes sense to do all we can to reduce our emissions.

Going green is also starting to make financial sense for businesses.  There are several tax breaks available to companies that are looking to make offices more sustainable places to work.


Tax reliefs have been introduced to encourage you to operate your business in a more environmentally friendly way.  You may qualify for reliefs, be exempt from some taxes or qualify for beneficial loans if for example:


  • you use a lot of energy because of the nature of your business;
  • you’re a small business that does not use much energy;
  • you buy energy efficient technology for your business.


The following schemes may offer your business some useful tax breaks.


Super Deduction


The Chancellor announced in his March budget that from 1 April 2021, he would be introducing a new, temporary first year allowance Super Deduction tax scheme available to most companies.


Companies can claim a super deduction against taxable profits for the cost of new plant and machinery purchased between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023. The deduction is:


  • An allowance of 130% of the qualifying plant and machinery which would usually be at the main rate capital allowances (18%)
  • And 50% of the cost of qualifying plant and machinery which would usually be at the special rate capital allowances (6%)


For more information on the Super Deduction, read our full article HERE



Climate change agreements


Climate change agreements (CCAs) are voluntary agreements made by  UK industry and the Environment Agency, to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.  In return, operators receive a discount on the climate change levy (CCL); a tax added to electricity and fuel bills for non domestic users, which increases each year in line with inflation.


Electric cars and charging stations


If your business buys a new, zero emission electric car, 100% of the cost can be set against your taxable profits.  Unlike the super-deduction, this applies to individuals and partnerships too, not just  limited companies.


A company will save corporation tax at 19% .  Individuals will save tax at their highest marginal rate.  It should be noted that this will be reduced unless the car is used only for business. Personal use is not included.


Electric car charging stations also qualify for the new Super Deduction.



Research and development


Research & development tax relief is not new; R&D tax relief is a government backed corporation tax incentive, aimed at stimulating innovation and development in UK industries. However, if your business is using a green technology in an original or new way it may be worth investigating whether the relief is applicable to your project.



If you’d like to understand how your business may benefit from green tax breaks, please get in touch with our tax partner Robin Stevenson using the contact details below


Robin Stevenson - Tax Partner


Tel: 01825 763 366

Sign up to receive our private content
straight to your inbox


We use social media to deliver our updates to you on the go, wherever you are. We only post relevant content that will help you run your business.