Only 23% of expected CRC organisations have registered with 51 days left to the deadline.
A total of 4,514 organisations had registered for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme by 19 July, according to Environment Agency figures. This is 23% of the expected 20,000 total.
Registrations so far include 848 by full participants using more than 6,000 MWh of electricity per annum, 17% of the 5,000 expected. There have been another 3,666 registrations by information declarers, 24% of the 15,000 expected. Information declarers are organisations with half hourly electricity meters but consumption under 6,000 MWh..
The figures should be treated with caution because the number of organisation expected to fall under the CRC are rough estimates.
Consultants WSP created a stir yesterday by forecasting that even in a best case scenario of gradually increasing rates of registration 7,500 organisations will still miss the deadline. WSP cited a continuing lack of awareness of the scheme. Other consultants that provide CRC services have also raised fears about compliance.
In contrast, the Agency says registration periods for new regulatory regimes are inevitably ‘back-end loaded’ towards the deadline because organisations want to hold on to their application fees and wait for others to go first (ENDS Report, June 2010).