CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Compliance

Biomass energy may help your organisation comply with the government’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme aims to “improve energy efficiency and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in private and public sector organisations that are high energy users.”

Your organisation or group qualifies for CRC phase 2 if, between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013, it had at least one settled half hourly electricity meter (sHHM) and used 6,000 megawatt hours (MWh) or more of qualifying electricity supplied through settled half hourly meters. Some public bodies must take part in CRC regardless of how much electricity they use, including all UK central government departments and devolved administrations.

If your organisation qualifies for CRC, you should have registered by the deadline of 31 January 2014. Registering late means you could receive a fine of £5,000 with a further fine of £500 per working day until you complete the registration process.

In each compliance year, an organisation has to:

  • collate information about its energy supplies
  • submit a report about its energy supplies
  • buy and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions it generated
  • tell the Environment Agency about changes to its organisation that could affect its registration
  • keep records about its energy supplies and organisation in an evidence pack

Read more about the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme at