CRC registry opens

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 by The Manufacturer

The online Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) registration is open and can be accessed from the Environment Agency website.

Organisations which qualify for the CRC need to either register as a Participant or make an Information Disclosure via the Registry. Registration closes on 30 September 2010 and organisations must register by this date.

Registration guidance released in November and updated in March is available from the Environment Agency website. This helps organisations understand if they qualify for the Scheme and whether they need to register as a Participant or make an Information Disclosure.

Research commissioned by SAP in November last year found that 67% of British companies were not fully prepared for the legislation with only 6 months to go. The survey also found that there was a lack of clarity within companies as to who manages CRC performance and 81% of CIOs interviewed told researchers that their company was using an excel spreadsheet or one time data gathering system to gather the information required.

According to Simon Godfrey, Sustainability Champion, SAP United Kingdom & Ireland, “the success of the CRC is going to depend heavily upon the quality of data captured in the first year. It’s critical that organisations effectively collect accurate data from their systems and for many this will be a significant challenge. Organising the collection and then reporting the information in a reliable and consistent fashion is difficult without the right tools. The CRC league tables are only the beginning. They will show organisations how they compare to others and maybe provide some motivation for improvement, but the value in using the right set of tools will show businesses how they can make substantive reductions in energy use and therefore reduce their greenhouse gas emissions sustainably.”

A live Q&A on the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme will be hosted on the Guardian Website on 9 April, between 12pm and 2pm. The Environment Agency alongside a panel of private and public sector representatives working on CRC will be available to answer questions. Post your questions here.

You can also contact the CRC Help Desk ([email protected]) for technical enquiries or the National Customer Contact Centre on 08708 506 506 to speak to an advisor on completing your online registration for the scheme.