Making allowances for carbon

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) (formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) was introduced by the Climate Change Act 2008. It applies to larger private and public sector organisations and came into force on 1st April 2010.

Entities meeting the qualification threshold are legally required to participate. Under the CRC regulations, participant organisations must monitor their carbon dioxide emissions and purchase allowances, sold by Government, for each tonne of CO2 they emit.

Originally it was designed to be a mandatory carbon trading scheme. However, in the Government's comprehensive spending review in October 2010 the CRC effectively changed from a trading scheme to a carbon charge for those organisations that have to participate. Initially, the cost was £12 per tonne of CO2 emitted.

The CRC allowance price looks set to rise to £17.70 per tonne of CO2 for CRC allowances purchased in the government's buy-to-comply sale for 2017-18.

Xcarbon specialises in the CRC. If you would like to discuss CRC compliance and reporting or how your organisation can best reduce its CRC costs then please call us on +44 (0) 845 475 2102 or complete our enquiry form.

CRC services from Xcarbon

Xcarbon is providing a full CRC management service for a number of participating organisations. We can also address specific issues such as:

  • Evaluating qualification for Phase 2 of the CRC
  • Developing a CRC strategy
  • Data collection and collation
  • Calculating and forecasting emissions for CRC purposes
  • Compliance with scheme administration (including compiling an evidence pack and CRC annual reports)
  • Carbon management including target setting, carbon reduction and reporting
  • Energy monitoring and management
  • Identifying and evaluating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to establish priority
  • Implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
  • Landlord and tenant CRC issues
  • Franchise issues
  • Advising on treatment of allowances in accounts
  • CRC software
  • Providing assistance during Environment Agency audits
  • CRC training

We are Environment Agency registered CRC Agents.

Xcarbon also delivers a CRC training course which includes the latest developments in CRC and carbon legislation.

CRC regulations impose heavy penalties for organisations who fail to comply or are late reporting, so it can make sense to outsource some or all aspects of the CRC to specialists.

To enquire about our services please call +44 (0) 845 475 2102 or complete our enquiry form.