Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a mandatory energy efficiency scheme affecting the majority of larger healthcare organisations, particularly NHS trusts.

The scheme’s aim is to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and save organisations money by cutting fuel bills.  It will also help drive changes in behaviour and infrastructure and generate corporate awareness of emissions.

Participating organisations are required to report their baseline energy use and their carbon emissions in their annual reports.

April 2016 - latest news


The 2016/2017 forecast sale of allowances order window is now open until Friday 29 April. The forecast allowance sale is entirely optional. You will be able to order allowances for your 2015/2016 commitment in the compliance sale (also known as the buy to comply sale) from 1 June to 29 July 2016.

More detail can be found in the guidance below. 

March 2015 - latest news

The latest CRC update was published in March 215.

The window for the forecast of sales will be open throughout April from April 1 through to 30.

Participants may need to obtain an annual statement from their energy supplier to obtain the necessary information required for annual reporting which needs to be submitted by the last working day of July.

Full details can be found in the PDF below.

2014 update

New CRC web pages are now live
The new CRC web pages are now live on the Environment Agency website. You can access the homepage at the following address: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/crc.
• Annual Report Calculator tool to help participants with data management for CRC. It will help you produce the data you need for your annual report. The tool, together with instructions on how to use it, are available here.
• Ask The Expert film guides on allowances, annual reporting, compliance audits and the Performance League Table.  View these films within our video library.

You can get further help from the CRC Team at the Environment Agency at crchelp@environment-agency.gov.uk



 

CRC - How does it work?

As an organisation you will have to order and buy allowances corresponding to your emissions from energy use, and then surrender them by the end of each year.  If you have bought too many allowances then you can carry them over to the following year.  You can also top up if required.  Doing this early will mean payment procedures will be in place and last minute delays will be avoided.Organisations will also have to set up account representatives to have access to the CRC account. The account representatives will need to apply for digital certificates.Typically the annual cycle goes as follow: 

  • Submit your annual report - end July
  • Order allowances - end July
  • Pay for allowances - September
  • Allowances will be allocated by the Environment Agency once they have been paid for - Sep to Oct 
  • Surrender allowances - end October

Fines and Reputation

There are strict deadlines for the CRC and failure to comply is likely to result in penalties and fines.   The fines are around £40 per unit allowance, in addition to the £12 cost and a £5000 fine for not submitting an annual report.Once the information has been collected by the Environment Agency (EA), the EA will produce a CRC Performance League Table which will be based on an organisation’s performance in reducing its electricity bill.  Over time this will become a reputational driver to deliver greater efficiency savings.  

Further Information

Further details about CRC can be found on the Environment Agency website, including:
 
  • Annual Report Calculator tool to help participants with data management for CRC. It will help you produce the data you need for your annual report. The tool, together with instructions on how to use it, are available here.
  • Ask The Expert film guides on allowances, annual reporting, compliance audits and the Performance League Table.  View these films within our video library.

You can get further help from the CRC Team an the Environment Agency at crchelp@environment-agency.gov.uk