The 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.