Can the CRC find its mojo?

The much-criticised CRC, now in its fifth year, posted a substantial 5% cut in emissions in 2014. But what lies behind the headline figures and what can we expect next? Paul Hatchwell investigates

Tesco cut emissions by 3% in 2013/14The controversial CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, once a flagship energy and climate policy, has defied expectations to enter into its fifth year. But it is a very different scheme to that which launched amid so much fanfare back in 2010 and it bears the scars from continued political tinkering.

The CRC is a mandatory scheme intended to encourage emissions reduction and energy efficiency in large public and private sector energy users such as supermarket chains, universities  and councils. These account for 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Organisations using at least 6,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year supplied through half hourly meters must report annually and purchase allowances to cover their emissions. 

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