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What is the CRC energy efficiency scheme

What is the CRC energy efficiency scheme

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme covers about 10 per cent of CO2 emissions in the UK. Scheme participants are typically large non-energy-intensive organisations within the UK's public and private sectors and include:

  • Supermarkets
  • Hotels
  • Water companies
  • Banks
  • Local authorities and government departments

The aim of the CRC is to act as a financial driver to encourage energy efficiency through changes in behaviour and infrastructure.

The Scheme targets emissions not already covered by the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). This is a greenhouse gas ETS that covers the energy intensive sectors of EU member states - including the power generation, cement, glass, pulp and paper industries.

It also does not overlap with emissions covered by Climate Change Agreements, which entitle energy-intensive businesses in the UK to a discount from the Climate Change Levy in exchange for meeting energy efficiency or carbon saving targets.


Further information

GOV.UK: Climate change agreements

GOV.UK: CRC - Guidance for participants in phase 2

DAERA: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme information

Scottish Government: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme information

NIEA: EU Emissions trading scheme

SEPA: EU Emissions trading scheme

Return to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme home page


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