CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
01 January 1970 by Katie Stockford
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK based scheme. It is administered by the Environment Agency in the England, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland, Natural Resources Wales in Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Ireland.
The aim of the CRC scheme is to cut CO2 emissions in public and private sector organisations who are high energy users. The energy covered under climate change agreements and the EU Emissions Trading System is not included.
The company meets the criteria to qualify if:
- It has at least one settled half hourly electricity meter (sHHM)
- It uses 6000 MWh or more of qualifying electricity supplied through sHHM’s
The above criteria are assessed at a group level so the entire UK organisational structure must be identified and whether the company is part of a group of companies. It is also mandatory for all UK government departments and devolved administrations; this is where the administrative, executive or legislation authority has been transferred to new institutions operating within a defined part of the UK, to register.
If registered, then the company must do the following:
- Collate information about its energy supplies
- Submit a report about its energy supplies
- Buy and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions that it has generated
- Keep the Environment Agency updated about changes that could affect its CRC registration
- Keep records about the companies energy supplies and organisation in an evidence pack
The CRC operates in phases, there have been two. They ran from:
- Phase 1 - 1st April 2010 – 31st March 2014
- Phase 2 - 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2019
In order to register for a phase, the company must do so in the qualification year that runs before the phase commencement date. So for phase 2, the company will have had to register within the dates 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013. Only companies that qualify during the phase qualification years have to register. If the situation changes after the qualification year has ended which means that the company then fits the criteria or a new company is started that meets the criteria then they do not have to register until the next phase.
If you register late, you could receive a fine of £5000 plus a daily fine of £500 for each working day until you register. The maximum fine that a company can be changed is £40,000 which equates to 80 days.
The cost of registering is £950 plus an annual subsistence fee of £1290.
For further information, please visit the following website https://www.gov.uk/crc-energy-efficiency-scheme-qualification-and-registration.