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Sign up now for CRC, urges minister

Thousands of businesses have so far failed to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Scheme with the deadline looming.

Greg Barker, Climate Change Minister, has called on businesses eligible for the CRC scheme to register before the 30 September deadline. According to the minister, by mid-August, only 1,229 organisations had registered for the scheme, leaving thousands still to sign up. All users of more than 6,000 MWh of electricity a year – estimated at around 5,000 organisations – are required to participate fully in the scheme by monitoring and recording their CO2 emissions and purchasing allowances equivalent to their emissions each year. Around 20,000 public and private sector organisations will be required to participate in the scheme in some way, but according to the Government, most will only be required to provide information about their electricity consumption.

The aim of the CRC is to help ensure that businesses and other organisations play their part in contributing to the UK target of emissions reductions of at least 34% on 1990 levels by 2020. Organisations failing to register by 30 September will be given a fixed fine of £5,000 followed by £500 for each subsequent working day for up to 80 working days.

Speaking in support of the scheme, introduced by the previous Government, Greg Barker said the CRC will encourage significant savings for business through greater energy efficiency and, equally important, will make energy consumption a boardroom issue. However, the minister added that the original complexity of the scheme may have deterred some organisations and called on companies to come forward with suggestions for making the scheme simpler in the future.

Help for landlords and tenants who are required to register for the CRC has been provided by an industry working party in the form of the second edition of a CRC Guide for Landlords and Tenants, published in August.

The guide has been issued following an industry wide consultation which aimed to achieve consensus on incorporating CRC in leases.

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