Only 23% of organisations expected to register for the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) have done so, with just 51 days left to go.
By 19 July, 4,514 of the expected 20,000 organisations had registered, according to Environment Agency figures.
Registrations so far include 848 by full participants using more than 6,000 megawatt hours of electricity per annum, just 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 using less than 6,000MWh.
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 by forecasting that, even based on a best-case scenario, 7,500 organisations will still miss the deadline. It cited a lack of awareness. Other CRC consultants have also raised compliance fears.
But the Environment Agency says registrations for new regimes are usually ‘back-end loaded’ towards the deadline (ENDS Report 425, pp 14-15).