Lean & Green – The Financial Advantages of Choosing Green Products

When buying commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, it can be of crucial importance for your business to consider both the initial expenditure and also the total running costs. Failing to buy the optimum equipment for the job can not only be a costly mistake – you may also miss out on advantages and incentives such as the Enhanced Capital Allowance which can offer real benefits to business. Luckily, at Carlton, we are experts in the field and take pride in being able to offer the latest advice, however, large or small your needs. In this article, we take a closer look at what the Enhanced Capital Allowance is and introduce some of the superb products that qualify.


Lean & Green


ECA, ETL, GWP… Understanding the Abbreviations

When it comes to green products and the Enhanced Capital Scheme, the large number of abbreviations can leave you feeling dazed and confused. So what are the key terms you need to be familiar with?

ECA – Enhanced Capital Allowance

The government administered scheme under which businesses who pay income or corporation tax can claim 100% first-year capital allowance on a product provided it’s on the ETL at the time of purchase.


ETL – Energy Technology List

A government-managed list of energy-efficient plant and machinery which is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses. For a product to be on the ETL, it must meet specific energy-saving or energy-efficient criteria. Products are reviewed annually by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), who work closely with the Carbon Trust which has responsibility for managing the list. The list is comprised of the following two elements:


ETCL – Energy Technology Criteria List

Specifications for the energy-saving performance criteria that ECA qualifying equipment must meet.


ETPL – Energy Technology Product List

A register of products that have been assessed as being compliant with ETCL criteria.


DECC – Department of Energy & Climate Change
A ministerial department established in 2008 which works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change.


GWP – Global Warming Potential

A relative measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere. It compares the amount of heat trapped by a certain mass of the gas in question to the amount of heat trapped by a similar mass of carbon dioxide.


ODP – Ozone Depletion Potential

The ozone depletion potential (ODP) of a chemical compound is the relative amount of degradation to the ozone layer it can cause. Many modern refrigerants such as R600a (isobutane) /3 are ODP neutral, whilst others are significantly lower than earlier refrigerants which are now banned.


What exactly is the Enhanced Capital Allowance?

“Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) are a straightforward way for a business to improve its cash flow through accelerated tax relief. The ECA Scheme for Energy Saving Technologies encourages businesses to invest in energy-saving plant or machinery specified on the Energy Technology List (ETL) which is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of Government.

The ECA scheme allows businesses to write off the whole cost of the equipment against taxable profits in the year of purchase. This can provide a cash flow boost and an incentive to invest in energy-saving equipment which normally carries a price premium when compared to less efficient alternatives.The ETL specifies the energy-saving technologies that are included in the ECA scheme.

So if your business pays corporation or income tax at 20%, every £10,000 spent on qualifying equipment would reduce its tax bill in the year of purchase by £2,000. In contrast, for every £10,000 spent, the generally available capital allowance for spending on plant and machinery would reduce your business’s tax bill in the year of purchase by £360. In other words, an ECA can provide a cash flow boost of £1,640 for every £10,000 it spends in the year of purchase.”

Read the full documentation at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/421006/ECA272_Capital_Allowance_v7_April_2015.pdf


hat exactly is the enhanced capital allowance


How do I qualify for the ECA scheme?

To qualify for the ECA scheme when purchasing refrigeration or air conditioning equipment, all you need to do is ensure that the equipment you wish to buy is on the Energy Technology List. By featuring on the list, the equipment has been certified as meeting specific energy-saving performance criteria.

Once you’ve made an ECA qualifying purchase, you simply claim back the relevant saving through your business’s annual tax return, where there is a section to record expenditure on energy saving equipment.

In addition to the equipment itself, ECA can also be claimed on transportation to the site and installation of the qualifying equipment.

If you’re not sure what evidence needs to be recorded for tax purposes, you accountant will be sure to help.


How do I qualify for the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme?


How do I find qualifying Equipment?

All you need to do is look for the ETL symbol when looking for new equipment:

At Carlton, we want to make the buying purchase as quick and simple for our customers as possible. That’s why we’ve created a special ‘Green Products’ section on the Carlton Sales Website where you can be sure each and every product is on the ETL. We’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.

Read on for some examples of some of the great equipment we have in our Air Conditioning and Refrigeration ranges.


Air Conditioning

Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-HJ25VA Air Conditioning System
The MSZ-HJ25VA is a great piece of equipment from Mitsubishi Electric’s new range of high specification, flat panel wall mounted models which make use of inverter technology, whilst providing extremely good value for money, costing approximately 20% less than the MSZ-G equivalent. These units have extremely low sound levels, whilst also delivering economical air conditioning, with improved COP/EER figures.
Mitsubishi Electric Zen MSZ-EF25VE Air Conditioning System
Another energy-saving offering from market leader Mitsubishi Electric is the sleek and attractive Zen MSZ-EF25VE wall mounted air conditioning system.

The Zen Series is a wall-mounted system that blends energy efficiency with a sophisticated, streamlined design. Combining an impressively low power consumption with a quiet, yet powerful performance, units have a distinctively styled front panel that not only looks appealing but also helps to make cleaning of the unit easier.

Designed to complement modern interior décor and suitable for a wide range of applications, Zen units blend in naturally wherever they are installed and are available in three striking colours; black, silver and white.
Daikin FTXS20K Air Conditioning System
An alternative to Mitsubishi’s energy-saving air conditioning equipment is the feature-filled Daikin FTXS20K. Key features include:

  • Wireless remote controller with weekly timer: provides a 7-day schedule timer, enabling daily or weekly programming, up to 4 actions per day possible.
  • Night set mode:prevents sudden changes in room temperature by gently adjusting the temperature before the system stops.
  • Titanium apatite photocatalytic air purifying filter: superior purification and deodorisation of the air inside the room.
  • 2-area intelligent eye: (35~50 K class) air flow is sent to a zone other than where the occupants are located at that moment.
  • Presence Sensor switches to energy saving mode if room is unoccupied after 20 minutes
    Powerful operation: activates the maximum air volume for 20 minutes before returning to its original setting.
  • Fan speed: 5 fan speeds can be selected, high to super low.
  • Suitable for multi-model applications.
  • Re-use of existing R22 and R407C piping possible.



Lec Commercial BC6097K LED Single Door Bottle Cooler
If you’re looking for a stylish display cabinet for your bottles whilst gaining the cost benefits of energy-saving equipment, look no further than this British-made offering from LEC. Features include:
Enhanced refrigeration system and insulation – Low energy consumption and environmentally friendly.

  • Forced air cooling – Enables fast temperature recovery after door opening or restocking.
  • R600a refrigerant – Environmentally friendly refrigerant.
  • Self-closing doors – To reduce energy wastage.
  • Removable and replaceable door seal – For easy cleaning and increased product lifespan.
  • Adjustable chrome shelving – For added versatility for bottles and cans of different sizes.
  • External temperature display – No need to open the door to check the temperature.
  • LED Internal lighting lasts longer compared to standard lighting – meaning, less on-going maintenance.
  • Lockable – For added security.
  • Temperature range 2°C – 10°C – Ideal for storing a variety of drinks and wine at the preferred temperature.
  • More energy efficient LED Lighting – using up to 7% less energy than standard lighting units.


Foster FSL400H Slimline Fridge
The FSL400H Slimline is an ECA qualifying product that delivers the reliability and performance you would expect from a Foster at a highly competitive price. Not only does it have a small footprint in terms of space – it offers a small carbon footprint too with features such as its bottom mounted refrigeration system, which draws in cool air from the lower part of the kitchen ensuring efficient operation and lower running costs.
Foster EcoPro G2 EP1/2H Double Door Counter Fridge
Taking the travel out of food preparation, the EcoPro G2 counter range has been developed to meet the increased demands of today’s kitchen and offers the flexibility and quality you would expect from Foster.

  • The counter range provides significant advancements in technology to help meet the increased demands
  • Smartphone style touch sensitive hidden-until-lit high visibility temperature display.
  • Highly robust construction means industry-leading longevity, low maintenance and servicing costs.
  • All new ergonomic door and handle design for ease of opening and cleaning.
  • Delivered on lockable castors as standard, giving you full mobility for easy access around the unit.
  • Once in position, you can be sure it will stay there!
  • Works efficiently even in hot kitchens, operates to ISO Climate class 5 – up to 43°C.
  • Available in Stainless Steel Exterior/ Aluminum Interior or Stainless Steel Exterior and Interior.
  • Available in R134a or R290 Refrigerant.
  • Temperature Range +1/+4°C Saladette Dimensions 510W x 305D mm.
  • Accepts 1 x GN 1/1 Pan or 3 x GN 1/3 Pans per Saladette (maximum 10mm depth)


Foster EP1440H Double Door Fridge
Another top product from Foster, this ‘Green’ refrigerator’s features include:

  • Two door storage cabinet.
  • +1/+4.
  • 6 Shelves.
  • Stainless Steel Door.
  • Aluminium Interior.
  • Up to 20% more energy efficient.
  • Advanced thermal efficiency.
  • Touch sensitive hidden-until-lit control panel with high visibility temperature display.
  • Ergonomic door handle design.
  • Airlines ventilation system cools the compressor which reduces the running time by 15%.
  • Racking setup has added stability with fewer components.
  • Innovative hot gas door heater utilises wasted heat to improve energy efficiency.
  • Recessed door interface provides a mechanical barrier to protect the gasket face from the cold air of the interior.


Foster EP 1440L Double Door Freezer
A perfect partner for the Foster twin door refrigerator, this freezer unit includes:

  • Two door storage cabinet.
  • -18/-21 degrees.
  • 6 Shelves.
  • Stainless Steel Door.
  • Aluminium Interior.
  • Up to 20% more energy efficient.
  • Advanced thermal efficiency.
  • Touch sensitive hidden-until-lit control panel with high visibility temperature display.
  • Ergonomic door handle design.
  • Airlines ventilation system cools the compressor which reduces the running time by 15%.
  • Racking setup has added stability with fewer components.
  • Innovative hot gas door heater utilises wasted heat to improve energy efficiency.
  • Recessed door interface provides a mechanical barrier to protect the gasket face from the cold air of the interior.


Why go green with Carlton?

When you choose to go green with Carlton, you are able to access a huge range of certified products at your fingertips along with the peace of mind of a dedicated service team to care for your equipment throughout its lifetime. We offer some of the best pricing in the market, as well as attractive financing options on many of our products. With over three decades of experience and dozens of accreditations, what our experts do not know about refrigeration and air conditioning is probably not worth knowing!

To get in touch with a member of the team now, call us on 01793 512 550 or pop over to our online contact page if you prefer.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someone