This Government project started quietly 2 years ago when our UK Trade Association, the Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association, (ICMMA) asked for industry experts to assist the UK Governments DEFRA, to work with their Water Technologies Group to establish criteria for water efficient cleaning machines.
Nilfisk personnel, as long standing members of ICMMA technical committee, became involved in this ground breaking project.
It is estimated that half of the UK’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels come from businesses and industrial processes. In order for the Government to reach the Kyoto target, and cut emissions by 20%, it needed to take action.
The result was the ECA scheme (enhanced capital allowance). The scheme encourages use of green technology by providing tax incentives for companies who purchase qualifying equipment.
The initiative encourages the use of environmentally friendly cleaning machines and in particular water efficient scrubber dryers. In short it encourages businesses to invest in water saving technology.
There are a total of 3 schemes, the other two dealing with energy saving equipment and low carbon dioxide emission vehicles.
The ECA water scheme allows the whole cost of qualifying equipment to be claimed against tax in the first year. For larger companies the main rate of corporation tax is 28%. When buying scrubber dryers therefore that qualifies as water efficient, the purchasing company saves 28% on the cost of the machine. For smaller companies this rate is still a significant 21%.
Qualifying machines are listed, by model, on the Water Technology List (WTL) and the manufacturers entitled to use the WTL logo where appropriate.
All Companies, irrespective of size or industry segment can claim. Claims can only be made on investments in new machinery and costs can include installation and transport expenses.
The Nilfisk group have the greatest amount of water efficient Scrubber Dryers approved on the Water Technology List. A total of 49 Nilfisk models are now certified and listed on the ECA WTL web site www.eca-water.gov.uk
Models range from the walk behind BA451 that has a scrub width of 450mm through to the ride on scrubber dryer BR855 with a cleaning path of 860mm. Models are approved with the benefit of the automated chemical dosing system EDS – Eco Dosage Solution.
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