Research Fees

Fees explained

Hub funding

The Research Hub is funded through the Research Fee paid by CCS and BCS participants.

All scheme participants are required to pay a Research Fee as part of their annual fee for certification under the CCS or BCS. Scheme participants will recieve an invoice for the Research Fee from their Certification Body at initial application or renewal, as well as an invoice for certification services. REAL recovers the Research Fee from the Certification Body; the Research Fees collected are ringfenced.

The Research Hub is managed independently and in a transparent manner, separate from the CCS/BCS. Each year, REAL issues a statement with a summary of Research Hub developments and an update on the accounts in the form of an Annual Report.

The Research Fee was introduced on the 1st January 2019. 


Research Fees

The Research Fee charged to each operator is relative to the annual input tonnage (tpa) of their plant. The Research Fee is a percentage of the Certification Fee for each input category. The groups based on annual input tonnage and the corresponding Research Fee (exclusive of VAT) are shown within the table below. The fees are reviewed on a regular basis. 

Groups

CCS Input (tpa)

BCS Input (tpa)

Annual research fee
(VAT excl.)

I

0-3,000

0-6,000

£100

II

3,001-6,000

6,001-15,000

£300

III

6,001-12,000

15,001-25,000

£600

IV

12,001-20,000

25,001-50,000

£800

V

20,001-50,000

50,001-75,000

£1,200

VI

>50,000

>75,000

£1,500

REAL expects to raise approximately £200,000 on an annual basis in Research Fees. 


REAL's administrative costs 

REAL charges an administrative fee to cover the management of the Hub, which equals 10% of the Research Hub's annual income. The administration fee covers the management of the Hub, as well as the marketing, communication and IT costs.

In addition, 10% of the Hub's annual income is set aside for project management, and a further 10% may be allocated to assist the industry in developing research project proposals, for technical support, and for project appraisal. 

From 2020, at least 70% of the Research Hub’s annual income is available for research projects.