More than 400 organisations now certified carbon reducers

Interest in gaining "early action" advantage under CRC rises ahead of March 2011 deadline

More than 400 organisations have won certification to schemes demonstrating they have taken early action to cut carbon emissions, ENDS can reveal. Most certifications were in preparation for joining the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Leading the way is the Carbon Trust Standard, which was the only scheme recognised by CRC regulator the Environment Agency until this year.

Harry Morrison from the Carbon Trust said more than 370 organisations had achieved the standard. Some 30 of these are not covered by the CRC, but have chosen to use the standard to endorse their voluntary emissions reduction programme.

Mr Morrison said the standard’s success was due to its early mover advantage and having built up relationships with clients over two years. He said the numbers of organisations wanting to become certified was increasing rapidly because, by the end of March 2011, organisations must have certification in place to claim benefits under the CRC.

Boosting their position in the CRC emissions performance league table is the main incentive for organisations to seek certification to an early action scheme.

League table

In the first league table to be published next year, half of organisations’ scores will be based on achievement of certification to an approved emissions reduction scheme. The other half will depend on whether organisations have fitted automatic electricity meter readers.

To qualify for the schemes, organisations must be able to show a cut in emissions over 1-3 years, depending on their size.

Achilles’ Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) became the Carbon Trust’s first competitor earlier this year (ENDS Report, May 2010). It is expanding rapidly.

Lucy d’Arville of Achilles told ENDS 34 organisations have already achieved CEMARS, with a further 40 in the pipeline. She said customers are increasingly becoming aware of alternative CRC carbon reduction schemes to that offered by the Carbon Trust.

The new kid on the block is still the British Standard Institution’s Energy Reduction Verification Kitemark, launched in July (ENDS Report, July 2010).

This week, BSI announced its first certification: air filter maker Camfil Farr.

BSI said certifying Camfil Farr, based in Haslington, Lancashire, was relatively straight forward because the company already had environmental management standard ISO14001. Nevertheless, Camfil Farr had to improve its energy data collection to achieve the kitemark.

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