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Just 50 days to register for CRC

12 August 2010

With just 50 days to go until the end of registration for the CRC. Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, is calling on the remaining organisations to register now. But AEA has a fast-track solution.

Currently  only 1,229 of the organisations required to register under the CRC have done so.
Launched in April 2010 the CRC requires large public and private sector organisations to register with the Environment Agency by 30th September 2010.
Greg Barker, said, “This new Coalition Government wants to boost energy efficiency in business because we know that saving energy saves money. The CRC will encourage significant savings through greater energy efficiency and importantly will make carbon a boardroom issue for many large organisations. My message to businesses today is to register now. I understand the original complexity of the scheme may have deterred some organisations and I want to hear suggestions as to how we can make the scheme simpler in the future.”
The London Fire Brigade is one organisation that has registered for the CRC. Energy efficiency projects put in place by the Brigade have led to savings of £260,000 in 2009/10 and over £1m since the Brigade started focusing on the need to be greener. Despite the organisation growing overall carbon emissions on their buildings are down by over 18 percent on 1990s levels.
AEA launches e-solution to fast track CRC compliance
AEA has launched a new e-solution to help organisations avoid penalties of thousands of pounds for not registering in time. AEA was the principal technical adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the CRC scheme and continues to work with the Environment Agency during the implementation phase.
The electronic personalised plan has been designed to make pre-registration and post-registration assessment and compliance as straightforward as possible, helping organisations who are looking to achieve compliance and those who aspire to a high score on the league table.
Mark Johnson, Knowledge Leader for Emissions Trading at AEA said: “Current estimates suggest that with less than 8 weeks of registration left, only around 20 percent of organisations in the private and public sectors have completed registration for the scheme. We believe many organisations are delaying because they’re worried about making an inaccurate registration. But the sooner you start the process, the sooner you can get it checked to ensure that it’s right. We’ve created a quick and easy way to plan exactly what an organisation needs to do, when it needs to do it, and which resources to allocate.”
Whether they have registered or not, users who input their organisation’s emissions data online, obtain a personalised report featuring:
 An assessment of the organisation’s footprint against the 90% opt-in ruling*.
 A compliance timeline and action plan including carbon-buying options.
 Checklists for pre-registration and footprint reporting
 A report on implications and recommendations.
 In addition, AEA’s expert CRC consultants will respond to individual questions.
*The 90 percent rule requires all participants to account for at least 90 percent of their total carbon footprint emissions, thereby focusing on the largest, and most cost effective, carbon reduction opportunities.
AEA is currently working with a portfolio of over 20 clients to address a range of strategic and practical measures in preparation of the scheme’s launch.

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