CRC League Table is published

Published on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 10:26
Posted by Scott Buckler

A new league table that ranks many of the UK’s high-street names according to how they manage their energy use has been published today by the Environment Agency

Major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, government departments, hospitals and councils are among more than 2,000 organisations ranked in the first CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance League Table according to what they have done to measure energy use as preparation for taking part in the scheme.

The table ranks organisations on the steps they have taken to install smart meters and comply with Carbon Trust, or equivalent accreditation scheme, standards of energy management.

The data forms a baseline for future years which will also show overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, annual emissions savings and progress on energy efficiency.

The 2011 league table shows that over 60 per cent of organisations have taken action by installing smart meters and obtaining a certificate for ‘good energy management’ from the Carbon Trust or other accreditation scheme.

The table also shows participants’ annual carbon emissions – although they are not ranked on them this year.

From 2012 organisations’ rank will reflect changes in carbon emissions year on year – both in absolute terms and taking the growth of an organisation into account.

It means the rankings will increasingly become a public statement on participants’ energy efficiency, giving them an added incentive to cut emissions.

The companies, hospitals, universities and councils at the top of this year’s rankings have done the most when it comes to installing smart meters so they can accurately chart how much electricity and gas they use and spot where to make savings.

The Environment Agency’s Director of Environment and Business Ed Mitchell said: "It’s very encouraging that six out of 10 organisations taking part in the scheme have taken steps to improve their energy management.

"The UK needs its high-street shops, major businesses, councils, government departments and other big energy users to use less electricity to help meet tough carbon reduction targets.

"This scheme encourages all big organisations to measure and reduce energy use which in turn should also save them money and help cut the UK’s carbon footprint."

The first CRC Energy Efficiency Performance League Table can be viewed at:  http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/134746.aspx

The CRC scheme involves large businesses and public sector organisations who use more than 6000MWh electricity per year – equivalent to an annual electricity bill of at least £500,000.

The Performance League Table is based on the data reported to the CRC Registry by organisations in their Annual Reports and the methods used to collate the rankings have been independently verified by AEAT.‬‪ ‬‪

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