Reputational fears drive CRC compliance

The driving force making many companies tackle the CRC head-on is a fear over their reputation once its league tables are published. The CRC Energy Efficiency Summit in London last week heard from various speakers who stressed that coming low in the league table was a chance their companies were not prepared to take. This […]

Councils will get chance to sell electricity into grid

On the day that the carbon footprint of every local council in England was published, it was announced that a ban on local authority’s selling green electricity into the national grid was to be overturned. Speaking at the Local Government Association’s annual conference last Wednesday, energy secretary of state Chris Huhne said that he wants […]

CRC-suitable software proves elusive

Finding software capable of delivering the data management needs of the CRC is becoming energy managers’ quest for the Holy Grail. And in the absence of a one-size-fits-all system, many companies are persisting with Excel, which was last week was branded “not fit for purpose” for carbon management. The CRC Energy Efficiency Summit heard from […]

Heads in the sand over CRC

The first conference about the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme since its introduction in April was left wondering why so few companies had so far registered. And reaching out to these organisations is also proving hard, the CRC Energy Efficiency Summit heard. So far, just over 600 organisations out of a potential 5000 have registered for […]

Royal Mail pushes envelope with solar and heating designs

The Royal Mail’s head of sustainability believes that the government target of 50% of carbon cuts by 2015 might be difficult to achieve, but he is certain that 40% can be hit. Martin Blake was speaking at the CRC Energy Efficiency Summit in London this week. “CRC is something that we would gladly apply because […]

Be honest with consumers about price says Yeo

One of the keys to achieving a low-carbon economy is “being honest with consumers about the price” according to Tim Yeo, chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. Yeo told the CRC Energy Efficiency Summit in London this week: “The era when economic expansion has been driven by cheap electricity is over.” He […]