Many businesses have reacted angrily to last week’s announcement regarding the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the new ‘green stealth tax’.
Following George Osborne’s speech at the Comprehensive Spending Review, it now appears promised rewards for improved energy efficiency generated from CRC participants will no longer be returned back to high performing organisations. Instead the government will pocket an anticipated £1 billion per year, totaling £3.46 billion between 2010 and 2015. Within the new cap‐and‐trade scheme, organisations are required to purchase CO2 allowances at a cost of £12 per tonne of CO2 emitted, coming at a considerable expense to some organisations.
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Only a relatively small number of Torse Clients will (at this time) be significantly affected by the initial stages of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. For the majority it should only mean more ‘Government Red Tape’, sorry, I mean paperwork.
For most of our larger clients, there will be a requirement to be a FULL PARTICIPANT in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme commencing April 2010. Torse will be contacting those clients who we are not already in discussion with about the practicalities.
Energy Benchmarking is the latest buzzword in the world of energy management, carbon emissions and conservation. We are finding that increasing numbers of new and existing clients are questioning how and where they can save energy. This is where the Carbon Trust can assist. The Carbon Trust was set up by the UK Government in 2001 and is an independant company created to “accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.”
It might be worth spending some time using their Benchmarking Tool For Office Buildings – here you can make an assessment of how much energy you use in your office spaces and compare this with benchmarks produced for 4 different office types as part of the very detailed ECON 19 publication. This enables the user to flag up any potential need for change and improvement in efficient use of energy.