Six businesses hit with £41k CRC fines

A total of six businesses have been fined more than £41,000 this year for breaching their carbon reduction commitments (CRC). The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory carbon emissions reduction initiative that applies to large organisations in the public and private sectors in the UK. That includes supermarkets, water firms, banks, local authorities and […]

UK firms urged to register for CRC’s second phase

Businesses are being urged to register for the second phase of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) or risk facing a huge penalty. The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory carbon emissions reporting and pricing programme which covers UK organisations using more than 6,000MWh of electricity every year. STC Energy, a CRC service partner for […]

Contractors top carbon reduction league table

Construction companies BAM Group and Skanska topped the list for energy efficiency in the final 2011/12 table in the UK. The Environment Agency published the much-awaited Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Performance League Table (PLT), which ranks companies for their energy efficiency performance. According to the table, BAM Group achieved a 65% cut in its carbon […]

‘Simplified’ CRC to save firms £272m by 2030

The UK Government has announced it will “dramatically simplify” the controversial carbon tax, which it claims could save around businesses around £272 million in the next 20 years. Called the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), the reforms of the scheme were announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement which is expected to reduce administrative costs by […]

Energy brokers expect change to carbon tax

The much loathed Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) could be replaced by an increase in the Climate Change Levy paid by large energy users. That’s the opinion of an energy broker, who thinks the gap in revenue generated for the Treasury could be made up elsewhere, without further upsetting the energy sector. Tom Woolley from the […]

Government ‘fudging’ carbon reporting

Frustration is surfacing over government climate policy after the news this week that laws to make it a requirement for businesses to report on their greenhouse gas emissions won’t be introduced next month. The CBI, which represents thousands of businesses across the UK says it is increasingly “frustrated” by the confusion this is causing its […]

Chancellor’s ‘simpler CRC’ pledge kicks off

DECC has announced plans to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme to save UK businesses around £330 million up to 2030. This follows the Chancellor’s pledge last week to replace the CRC with an alternative environment tax if it is not simplified. The new proposals are aimed at cutting the administrative costs of joining […]

Consumer ‘appetite’ for cost of low carbon is untested

  Doubts have been raised over the consumer appetite to foot the bill for British energy policies. Panelists at npower’s debate at The Energy Event, chaired by ELN Editor Sumit Bose, suggested that the public were not prepared for a rise in their bills for the sake of a green economy. Ronan O’Regan, PwC’s Director […]

Energy issues tricky for business

Research from Big Six provider npower has shown that the issue of energy is rated as the most important issue facing major energy users. The npower Business Energy Index 2011provided mixed results, with MEUs identifying energy and legislation as the biggest risks their businesses face, yet 86% of businesses don’t deal with energy as a […]

CBI backs mandatory carbon reporting

Mandatory carbon reporting would force boardrooms to see the worth of energy efficiency, says the UK’s leading business body.The Government must make a decision on whether to introduce mandatory carbon reporting by April 2012 if it is to comply with the 2008 Climate Change Act. The Confederation of British Industry has backed the policy in […]