UK businesses disillusioned over CRC

UK businesses must battle through the confusion of the Carbon Reduction Committee Energy Efficiency Scheme scheme, says an energy service provider. Bergen Energi, based in Leeds, are worried that businesses […]

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By Tom Gibson

UK businesses must battle through the confusion of the Carbon Reduction Committee Energy Efficiency Scheme scheme, says an energy service provider. Bergen Energi, based in Leeds, are worried that businesses who feel disillusioned with the CRC won’t pay it enough attention.

Simon Firth, Key Account Manager at Bergen Energi said: “We would firmly welcome any improvements made to simplify CRC but the Government must act quickly – businesses are inevitably becoming disengaged with the CRC process and the drop-off rate will only increase.”

The scheme faced changes in December, and attracted criticism with some saying it had become a new tax for the government. Now the government is considering simplifying the scheme further.

A spokesperson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “We believe that the principle of the CRC is absolutely right and anticipate significant carbon savings from it. This government is however very aware that stakeholders are concerned over the complexity of the CRC and we have committed to simplifying the scheme. We are currently seeking views from participants, the EA and other interested parties on how to make it a lighter touch and simpler scheme while still addressing the current barriers to the uptake of energy efficiency measures.”

Mr Firth added: “Energy efficiency will certainly not be dropping off the political agenda over the next 12 months. Participants must be fully up to speed with any change to green initiatives like CRC and stay up to date, as there are likely to be more to come.