CRC – are you keeping up?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) was first introduced in 2010. Its aim is to encourage large energy users to improve energy efficiency and help the UK government lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, keeping up with commitments can be challenging, especially if you have a large number of sites.

Businesses using more than 6,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year and with at least one settled half hourly meter must buy allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit. If you have credits left over at the end of the year you can trade them in the open market, but if you emit more carbon than your allowance, you must buy more credits or pay a fine.

Every year you need to collect information relating to your carbon emissions. That means measuring and reporting your energy use accurately, so you can demonstrate compliance and buy the correct carbon allowance. Managing this across multiple sites year on year, while making sure you’re meeting every element of the CRC, takes significant time and resource.

As well as keeping up with new and changing legislation, you’ll need to think about:

Data tracking – how much CO2 do you emit across each site in your business?
Creation of evidence packs – have you accurately measured and reported the data?
Allowance forecasting – how much allowance do you need per site, per year?
Annual reporting and audits – can you provide a detailed report to demonstrate your compliance with the CRC?

What next?

Phase 2 of the CRC starts on 1st April 2014, which means more work for businesses that qualify. We already support a variety of businesses, like Barchester Healthcare whose 220 sites are now compliant with their CRC.

So if you want peace of mind that the allowances you need are purchased, that your business is compliant or if you want help preparing any of the above – we’re here to help. Contact our support team at or visit

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