Introduction

Over the last few months the Government has published a number of policies and strategies which aim to plot the Net Zero roadmap, most notably the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Energy White Paper, the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy and the Interim Net Zero Review. 

Still to come in 2021 are the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the full Net Zero Review and the Net Zero Strategy.

This survey is to gauge your opinion on the latest government announcements, as well as take a closer look at three key areas - incentives, funding and on-site generation.

Many thanks for your time.

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* 1. Company size

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* 2. Business sector

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* 3. When thinking about the most recent government policies and strategies - including the Energy White Paper, Ten Point Plan and Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy - do you feel they offer enough incentives for businesses to invest in decarbonisation measures?

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* 4. In the most recent Budget, the Chancellor announced a new ‘super-deduction’ tax incentive, which will cut companies’ tax bill by 25p for every pound they invest in new equipment.  Would you consider applying this to invest in ‘green’ equipment?

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* 5. If yes, what sort of equipment?

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* 6. The CBI recently called for an overhaul of the UK’s tax system to reward and incentivise corporate behaviour that reduces pollution and punishing that which increases it. Would you welcome this approach?

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* 7. Does your business currently - or has it previously - taken advantage of any government climate incentives e.g. the Renewable Heat Incentive?

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* 8. If yes, please list the incentives you have applied to your business:

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* 9. Which areas would you most welcome incentives from the government to help with your business’ decarbonisation ambitions? Please rank the below with 1 being most important:

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* 10. How would your business usually fund capital investment energy / sustainability projects?

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* 11. In the Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that the new National Infrastructure Bank's primary focus will be on investment in public and private green projects and will have an initial £12bn capitalisation.  Do you believe this is enough to spur investment from organisations in low-carbon measures?

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* 12. To what extent to you agree with the following statement; “Financial institutions will play a crucial role in funding the net zero transition”

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* 13. The Treasury is intending to publish it’s full Net Zero Review later this year, which will outline how it believes the low-carbon transition will be funded. In its interim report at the end of 2020, it said that efforts to reach net-zero emissions are likely to deliver “slightly positive or slightly negative” levels of growth for the UK. How concerned are you about the potential additional cost to your business to fund the net zero transition?

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* 14. Which group do you believe should contribute the majority of funding for the net zero transition? (Please rank these 1- 7, with 1 being who you think should contribute the most)

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* 15. How do you believe the net zero transition should be funded e.g. taxation etc?

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* 16. How much of your annual turnover do you think you will need to invest to put measures in place to decarbonise your organisation?

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* 17. Do you believe the climate benefits of funding net zero outweigh the potential cost impact?

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* 18. Do the latest government announcements and policies give you the confidence to invest in on-site generation?

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* 19. Have you - or are you planning to - invest in some form of on-site generation?

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* 20. If yes, out of the below, what have you already invested in? (please tick all that apply)

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* 21. If yes, out of the below, what are you planning to invest in? (please tick all that apply)

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* 22. If not, what are the barriers to you investing in on-site generation? (please tick all that apply)

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* 23. If you cannot install on-site generation, would you consider procuring renewable energy via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)?

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* 24. What do you believe are the main benefits of investing in on-site generation? Please rank in order with 1 being the most important

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* 25. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, if you would like to receive an advance copy of the report, please leave your details here

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* 26. By completing this form, you are agreeing that npower Business Solutions can use the data you have submitted, including any personal information about yourself, to be processed to fulfil your request. 

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* 27. We are always looking at ways to improve our products and services, and this is shaped by listening to what our valued customers have to say. We would appreciate it if we could contact you again to hear your opinions on other topics relating to us as a business. Please check here if you are happy to be contacted. 


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