The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES)

CRC explained

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES) sets out the mandatory carbon management requirements for certain large organisations with half hourly metering.

It is a mandatory tax that aims to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions in large public and private sector organisations. 

According to government estimates, it will cut carbon emissions by 1.2 million tonnes per year by 2020.

You may request your supply data in order to support your Annual CRC Report. You can do this through MyAccount If you’re already a registered user, just log in and select the CRC Reports on the title bar. (If you’re not a registered user, you’ll need to register first. Your registration can take up to five working days to process but once you’re up and running it’s quick and easy to request your supply data.)

How it works ...

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES) is a mandatory scheme for qualifying organisations. The tax is applied if your organisation:

  • uses more than 6,000 Mwh of electricity a year,
  • recorded through half hourly meters

Some public bodies must participate in CRCEES no matter how much electricity they consume. These are known as mandated participants and include all Government departments and some local Government organisations.

The scheme is in two phases. The first ran between April 2010 and March 2014. Phase two began on 1 April 2014 and runs until 2019.

The scheme requires you to buy allowances for every tonne of carbon you emit from your energy use. Participants must buy allowances from the government annually to cover their reported emissions. This means organisations that lower their emissions lower their CRC charges. It’s also a great reason to look at your energy consumption and have a strategy for lowering your costs.

What to do if you qualify

Organisations that meet the qualification threshold must register using the CRC Registry, which is administered by the Environment Agency. Qualifying organisations have to comply legally with the scheme or face financial and other penalties.

As your energy supplier, we must provide you with an annual statement that shows you the consumption for each Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN)/Balancing Mechanism Unit (BMU) which we have supplied and billed during the selected period i.e. 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015).

We can help with your carbon reporting

The CRC scheme requires you to regularly report your carbon use. Our Energy View service is an automated energy monitoring and targeting facility that can help make your carbon reporting easier, and highlight energy saving opportunities.