Environmental tax services to protect your business and the environment

In today’s age of environmental consciousness, businesses worldwide are focusing on developing sustainable practices. The UK has been a forerunner in this regard, with a special emphasis on implementing environmental taxes and incentives. Environmental taxespunish behaviour that harms the planet, so businesses must know how to navigate this complex area of tax law.

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What are environmental taxes?

Environmental taxes are fiscal tools used by governments to reduce environmental harm. They levy charges on pollutants or goods and services that have negative environmental impacts.

The objective is twofold:

  1. To provide an economic incentive for businesses and individuals to lower their environmental footprint.
  2. To generate revenue that can then be reinvested in green projects or other state requirements. For example, environmental taxes in the UK generated £47.4 billion in 2022. This figure is only set to increase.  

What are environmental tax credits?

While environmental taxes aren’t going anywhere, there are certain incentives that businesses can tap into to drive their business forward. Environmental tax credits aim to reduce liabilities and help businesses invest in projects that mitigate the environmental impact of doing business.

These environmental tax credits and incentives give businesses money back which can then be invested into green projects like renewable energy.

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What are the most common types of environmental taxes in the UK?

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Why are environmental taxes important


Behavioural Shift

By making polluting activities or overconsumption more expensive, environmental taxes push businesses and individuals towards eco-friendly alternatives.


Revenue Generation

The revenue generated from environmental tax can be utilised to fund renewable energy projects, conservation programmes, and other eco-initiatives.



As businesses aim to reduce their tax liabilities, there’s an increased demand for innovative solutions, driving research and development in eco-friendly technologies.


Achieving Climate Goals

Environmental taxes play a pivotal role in helping the UK meet its climate goals and commitments under international agreements.

What is the role of environmental taxes in the UK?

We understand how important it is to help businesses create policies that don’t harm the environment. But we also appreciate that you need to conduct business without undue financial pressure.

“Environmental taxes, while primarily instituted for ecological conservation, go beyond just preserving our environment. They represent a shift in our collective mindset, fostering a future where economic growth and environmental responsibility coexist harmoniously.

“Businesses and individuals in the UK – and globally – are realising that sustainability is not just a buzzword. It’s a necessity. As we navigate this evolving landscape, it’s important to stay informed, adapt, and find the balance where both our planet and our economies can thrive.

“By understanding and leveraging the intricacies of environmental taxes, we can contribute to a brighter, greener future for all.”  

Mike Trotman, Environmental Tax Associate Director at Xeinadin

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of environmental taxes?



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Why choose Xeinadin for environmental tax advice?

As a trusted multi-disciplinary accountancy firm, we’ve been creating clever environmental tax strategies on behalf of businesses across the UK and Republic of Ireland. We pride ourselves on our meticulous approach to compliance and dedication to your business’ success.

Here are some reasons we’re a top choice for businesses looking to revolutionise their environmental tax strategy:

  • Tailored approach: We offer a range of services, but none of them are off-the-shelf. From business accounting services to R&D tax credits, all our services are bespoke to your needs.
  • Committed to success: Our sole focus is getting our clients the results they need to propel their business forward. Using our years of experience, expert knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking, we go the extra mile to bring you success.
  • We’re experienced: Our team is made up of 1,900 advisors worldwide, so you can all but guarantee we’ve worked with similar businesses in your industry. With our extensive knowledge of environmental tax law and in-depth sector knowledge, we’ll help you navigate the ever-changing landscape.
  • Personal touch: Close working relationships are at the heart of everything we do. We’ll always listen to the ins and outs of your business to get under the skin of your company. By working as an extension of your team, we act as your trusted partners.
  • Trusted by thousands: Over 60,000 clients trust us with their environmental tax strategy in the UK.

Contact our specialists

Looking for an expert to help you navigate the complex environmental tax landscape? Meet some of our specialists:

Liz Maher OBE

VAT DirectorCardiff

Julie Rawlinson-Smith

Associate DirectorCardiff

Mike Trotman

Associate Director

Environmental tax FAQs

Environmental tax is the tax imposed by governments to encourage businesses to act in a way that’s good for the environment. There are different taxes for different sectors and business sizes. You can also get tax relief through environmental tax credits if you’re eligible.

Environmental taxes are levies imposed by governments on activities that harm the environment. They aim to promote eco-friendly practices by increasing the cost of polluting activities and generating revenue to support sustainable initiatives.

Industries such as energy, aviation, mining, and packaging often bear the brunt of these taxes. However, as regulations evolve, more sectors are predicted to come under their purview.

By financially disincentivising environmentally damaging activities, these taxes encourage businesses and individuals to adopt more sustainable practices. The revenue generated is also often invested in environmental conservation efforts.

There are certain exemptions and reliefs available, especially for businesses that adopt green practices or operate in sectors where sustainable alternatives are not yet viable. It’s essential to consult with an accountant familiar with environmental taxes and tax credits to understand these nuances.

While they may increase costs for businesses involved in polluting activities, they also drive innovation and provide opportunities for companies offering eco-friendly products and services.

By adopting sustainable practices, businesses can reduce their tax liabilities. Moreover, the shift towards eco-friendly business models can lead to increased consumer trust and potential market advantages.

Tax rates are often set based on the estimated environmental damage caused by the taxable activity. The rates can vary and are periodically reviewed to ensure they meet current environmental and economic goals.

Many countries have adopted environmental taxes as part of their strategy to combat climate change and promote sustainability.

It’s advisable to consult an accountant or tax advisor familiar with environmental taxes in the UK to get tailored advice for your specific situation.

Many businesses are eligible for environmental tax credits if they invest in environmentally friendly equipment. For example, by investing in energy-efficient machinery, you might be eligible for a tax allowance of up to 100% in the first year. This means most businesses can offset the cost of the new machinery. 

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