Businesses are leaving it late to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.
The Environment Agency expects an increase in registrations as the remaining organisations rush to sign up before the deadline.
All public and private sector organisations that had at least one half-hourly electricity meter (a meter that records energy use every 30 minutes) during 2008 must register as a participant in the scheme or make an information disclosure to the Environment Agency by 30 September.
Some 1200 organisations have already registered for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Between them these organisations have reported over half of the electricity consumption expected to be included within the scheme.
Somewhere between 3000 and 4000 organisations in total are required to participate, according to recent estimates.
Tony Grayling, head of climate change and sustainable development at the Environment Agency, said: “Around a third of the organisations that we expected to register for the CRC scheme have registered well in advance of the deadline.
“We would urge the remaining businesses to sign up now, and not leave registration to the last minute. Our dedicated CRC helpdesk is available to help businesses through the registrations process.”
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was set up under the Climate Change Act 2008 to raise awareness in large organisations, especially at senior level, of energy efficiency and sustainability issues.