UK CRC carbon reduction commitment scheme

CRC - carbon reduction commitment

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a new mandatory emissions trading scheme that aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the UK. This is vital to achieving the UK's overall targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by at least 80% compared to the 1990 baseline.


"The CRC should not just be about process and bare bones compliance: use it to reduce energy costs, invest in cost-effective technologies, change culture and lead by example. This should be core business for us all."

Cllr. Paul Bettison, Chairman of Local Government Association Environment Board.

CRC will affect large organisations in both the public and private sector. Organisations that meet the qualification criteria, which are based on how much electricity they consumed in 2008, will be obliged to participate in CRC.

Government estimates indicate that around 20,000 public and private sector organisations will initially be required to participate in CRC in some way. The majority of these will simply be required to make an information disclosure about their electricity usage .

Around 5,000 organisations - those with annual electricity demand of over 6,000MWh - will be required to participate fully. This means they must not only record and monitor their CO2 emissions, but also purchase allowances.

The first organisations to participate will be in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where a Roofing Contractor, Leeds Reliable Roofers, a Cleaning Company, Best Leeds Cleaning, and an Arborist Service, Leeds Tree Surgeons will be the first to be recorded.