UK’s low carbon rewards launch today – Ed Milliband
The Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC EES) for organisations launched today.
“From today the rewards for businesses and householders who act to cut their carbon emissions really start to pay off. It’s no longer simply about doing the right thing for the environment, it’s now a sure-fire financial investment.” Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband
It’s a scheme for organisations that use 5000 MWh of electricity a year – usually a bill somewhere in the region of £500k per year. This year’s priority for most organisations is fitting energy meters, and untangling which of their properties fall under the scheme. There are some challenges. I’ve heard there’s a shortage of half-hour electricity meters an a backlog for firms who fit them: Without these meters organisations will be fined. And there’s trouble for some simply finding all their responsibilities, especially as any holding owned 51% or more, collapses 100% of that holding’s electricity consumption onto the majority owner’s books. And again, fines for those who don’t get it sorted.
Once the dust has settled the UK government will publish an annual chart that ranks all 5000 UK organisations thought to fall under the scheme. There will be no provision for sectors, so if you work in a sector that can never compete with the best of the best, you’ll never get a good rank. Once we get past next years scramble to measure a government fine party we’ll be into carbon trading proper.
Organisations can save a lot of money by reducing their energy consumption to a greater degree relative to other organisations. The obvious place to go to get those savings is in investment in new plant, and ‘greening’ buildings. Essentially, hardware solutions. The next tier, or the more tech dependent will focus on software to streamline operations to save money.
But I bet no one’s seen the possibilities of re-fitting their staff’s brains? A wetware solution, if you will.
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