What is the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme?
In April 2010 the UK government passed legislation which became the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. This is a mandatory carbon emissions reporting and pricing scheme which applies to all organisations using more than 6,000MWh per year of electricity (equivalent to an annual electricity bill of about £500,000). Previously, the government was only targeting organisations that were energy-intensive in a bid to reduce carbon emissions (with legislation such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and Climate Change Agreements). However the government soon realised the need for all organisations in the UK to make a carbon reduction commitment if climate change was to be effectively tackled, and so the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was born.
How does the scheme work?
The CRC requires UK companies to measure and report their carbon emissions each year, following a specific set of measurement rules. The first annual report of emissions was due in July of this year. The aim of the scheme is to reduce carbon emissions from UK organisations by at least 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, by the year 2020.
What is the CRC league table?
How each company performs when it comes to carbon reduction within the scheme will be made publicly available on the CRC performance league table. The idea is that not only will this encourage companies to perform well, but that doing so will be a positive boost to their image while helping to contribute to the UK’s overall energy efficiency.
What does the CRC scheme mean for companies?
Rather than be seeing the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme as a bureaucratic box to be ticked, organisations should see this as a way to help the environment while simultaneously improving their corporate image and saving money. One of the easiest ways to ensure a company meets the standards set out by this scheme is to use the services of a company such as Ecoadapt. Find out how we can help at http://www.ecoadapt.co.uk/