Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

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The UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is firmly on the agenda of many board meetings today.


What is the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme?

The CRC is a UK mandatory cap and trade scheme proposed to cut carbon emissions by 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020.

The key is energy efficiency and the reduction of emissions. Organisations will have to devise a carbon abatement strategy, consider energy efficient measures, monitor, assess and manage their carbon emissions.


Who is affected?

The CRC is targeting large non-energy intensive private and public sector organisations within the UK, whose combined electricity use through half hourly metering exceeds 6,000 MWh per year. Approximately 3,000 organisations with an energy spend greater than £500,000 are taking part.

Are there any exemptions?

Emissions covered within the EU-ETS (EU Emissions Trading Scheme) and CCA’s (Climate Change Agreements) are exempt. Subsidiary organisations with over 25% of their emissions within CCA’s will be exempt, but not the whole CRC organisation.

When did the Carbon Reduction Commitment start?

A 3 year introductory phase began in April 2010.

What this means to your business?

It is likely to cost a business a minimum of £40,000 to purchace their allowances in April 2012's first sale, and more if your energy usage is greater than 6,000 MWh per year. Added to this a low league table position will lead to brand and reputation impact.

By reducing energy & CO2 you will

  • Save operational costs
  • Avoid punitive charges
  • Have an opportunity to trade your carbon savings into real profit
  • Gain marketing differentiation & advantage

Contact Carbon Footprint to get help in meeting your CRC needs

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