Firms advised to have 'effective CRC strategy'

Businesses have been advised to have an effective CRC strategy in place to be able to properly declare their energy usage.

Under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, which begun last April, businesses are given a financial incentive to reduce their carbon footprint, by buying allowances equal to their annual emissions.

Harry Morrison, general manager at the Carbon Trust, said: "It is very much up to each participant to have an appropriate audit trail of their data and to get to the outcome in terms of their carbon emissions.

"That is really key. That internal audit process, having accurate data and indeed being able to forecast that data for the future is an essential part of having an effective CRC strategy."

One major advantage for businesses taking part in the scheme is that energy bills, including gas and electricity, will be dramatically reduced.

The scheme, which is run by the Environment Agency, aims to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon output, which contributes to ten per cent of the UK's emissions.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: July 15, 2010

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