CRC table not perfect, but it’s a start

The recently published CRC league table has caused a bit of a stink since its inception and even the Environment Agency responsible for it have admitted it wasn’t perfect. However, […]

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By Tom Gibson

The recently published CRC league table has caused a bit of a stink since its inception and even the Environment Agency responsible for it have admitted it wasn’t perfect. However, they say more will be gained from the second year, as the first results could provide a better indicator for next year.

Speaking to ELN, Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Communities at the EA said: “I think you’ll be able to learn from next year better than this year. It’s a good start and shows it can work. We’ve had a high level of compliance.”

According to Mr Grayling, 92% of businesses reported on the deadline and after 40 days only eight were outstanding.

Vincent Neate, head of KPMG’s UK Climate Change & Sustainability practice, said business would take note: “While it was always going to be an imperfect measure, due to the limited scope of the metrics available for such a diverse range of participants, today’s league table is a good indicator of those organisations that have taken steps to manage their carbon.

“It also creates a solid base for understanding, with actual data, what the emissions are for this middle tier of emitters which have rarely been examined before. It gives us a benchmark against which to measure future carbon usage.