ICMMA Members urged to take part in Defra’s review of the cleaning machinery products eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowance through the Water Technology List

ecaThe Water Technology List is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme.  Businesses can claim back first year capital allowances on water efficient plant and machinery listed on the WTL.  ECA lets businesses write off 100 per cent of the cost against taxable profits in the year of purchase. Defra annually reviews the lists of eligible water technologies and products.

The aims of the ECA scheme:

  • To encourage businesses to invest in more sustainable technologies by providing fiscal incentive to users
  • To be used as a marketing tool for manufacturers, thereby encouraging innovation.

Defra are currently reviewing the eligibility criteria for Industrial Cleaning Equipment listed on the Water Technology List (WTL).

There are approximately 474 products currently listed on the WTL for Industrial Cleaning Equipment which currently consists of the following technologies, first added to the WTL in 2007 and last reviewed in 2008/09:

  • Scrubber/Driers (ride-on machines)
  • Scrubber/Driers (walk behind machines)
  • Steam Cleaners

ICMMA Members are invited to share your views on whether the current criteria continue to reflect developments in the market place while remaining relevant, clear and workable.
As part of this annual criteria review the WTL require information from manufacturers and suppliers on the UK market and the penetration of water efficient products in UK businesses. This information is essential for assessing the impact of the ECA scheme. The data provided is used to estimate the

current size of the UK market, the potential value of WTL equipment and estimated growth in the market.
The questionnaire and associated information can be found at the following link: Criteria Review Consultation 2015 – Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Please email your completed questionnaire to: Jennifer.Beaumont@ricardo.com.  All responses must be received by Friday 11th September 2015 at the latest.