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How the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Works

How does the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme work?

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is divided into several phases. Any organisation required to take part in the CRC Scheme, is required to among other things to:

  • Record and report to the Administrator their energy use in scope of the CRC Scheme for a given compliance year, which runs from 1 April to 31 March, by the last working day of the following July.
  • Purchase ( in sales that take place twice annually) and surrender sufficient allowances to cover emissions from that reported energy use by the last working day of the following October.
  • Keep records for a specified period.

The Environment Agency will publish data on participant’s annual emissions. This replaces the Performance League tables which were published for emissions in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.

Since the introduction of the CRC Scheme in April 2010, stakeholders have argued that it is overly complex and administratively burdensome. Simplification proposals were consulted on and implemented through the 2013 Order.

The support for the CRC Scheme remained low, and the government stated following consultation, that it would end the Scheme at the end of the compliance year 2018-2019.

Phase 1 of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme ran from April 2010 and ended on 31 March 2014. Phase 2 commenced 1 April 2014 and is due to end 31 March 2019. This will be the last phase of the CRC Scheme. The existing legislation, had it not been revoked would have allowed the CRC Scheme to run through five more phases from April 2019 up until 2043.

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

Further information

DAERA: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme information

Scottish Government: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme information

In this Guideline

What is the CRC energy efficiency scheme?

How the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Works

How to comply with the CRC energy efficiency scheme

What is happening to the CRC Scheme now?

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