• The CRC: No April Fool

    Our second special report on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, starting on 1 April, looks at the final set-up, organisations’ preparations and the regulator’s approach. The 15 points below capture the essentials of this complex new carbon-curbing scheme

  • Cash, kudos and energy efficiency

    The CRC forces thousands of public and private sector organisations to start managing their climate impacts for the first time. Roz Bulleid considers how the new regime will work in practice

  • Gearing up for CRC compliance

    Organisations due to be regulated under the CRC from April have been grappling with issues from data collection to how to perform well in the league table. James Richens looks at how well-prepared they are

  • What’s the bottom line?

    The CRC at first glance has only a minimal impact on participants’ finances.

  • Yorkshire’s CRC games without tears

    The 44 members of Carbon Trading Yorkshire have had a dry run at the CRC. Roz Bulleid watches the simulation in progress

  • Getting set - the highs and the lows

  • Ministry of Defence: Coordinated advance on efficiency

    Matt Foley, who heads the Ministry of Defence’s central programme office for energy, has a bigger challenge than most. The MoD has tens of thousands of buildings, from aircraft hangers to patrol huts on 4,000 sites across the UK.

  • Atkins: Engineering for CRC

    Atkins is a global engineering and design consultancy with a major role in promoting energy-efficient design and carbon management among its clients. This is done both through its consultancy and its "carbon critical design" initiative.

  • Radisson Blu: Carbon accounting across a complex organisation

    The challenge for hotel chain Radisson Blu is to implement the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme across a complex corporate structure.

  • London Fire Brigade: Ahead of the pack

    London Fire Brigade (LFB) is not new to energy efficiency. Among its 113 fire stations are 22 with photovoltaic (PV) systems and 19 with combined heat and power (CHP) plants. A major energy efficiency drive has cut carbon emissions 16.7% below 1990 levels.

  • GlaxoSmithKline: Asking staff to play their part

    Multinational pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is already covered by the EU emissions trading scheme and climate change agreements thanks to its ownership of several energy intensive manufacturing plants in the UK and other European countries.

  • The regulator is ready and waiting

    The Environment Agency, the overall administrator of the government’s new energy efficiency scheme, is confident it is ready for the challenge. Paul Hatchwell talks to the agency’s CRC head, Andrew Hitchings, about the systems being put in place and the last few outstanding issues

  • Online accounting

    The Environment Agency’s online CRC registry should allow participants to perform all standard transactions over the internet, including registration, buying and surrendering allowances, and reporting annual fuel and electricity use. League tables will be generated from the registry data provided.

  • Glossary

    Absolute metric: The main metric used to construct the league table in everything but the first year. It compares an organisation’s CRC emissions in the past year to its average over the five previous years (or as many years as are available at the start of the CRC).

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