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CRC Phase 2 - With less than 4 weeks to go are you ready?

Tim Rainbow
Oct 11, 2013

There’s less than 4 weeks to go until registration opens for Phase 2 of the Carbon Reduction Commitment on 4 November 2013. Organisations will be affected for Phase 2 if they had:


  • One or more settled half-hourly electricity meters between 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013


  • A total electricity consumption, through settled half hourly electricity meters, of more than 6,000MWh between 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013


If you meet the above criteria then you’ll need to register with the CRC Registry between 4 November 2013 – 31 January 2014. As part of the registration process you’ll be required to provide:


  • Details of your electricity consumption between 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013
  • Details of your current company structure
  • Details of your company structure as it stood on 31 March 2013


I’ve helped a number of organisations with their CRC registrations and on-going CRC compliance and one of the most challenging aspects I’ve come across is reviewing the company structure and confirming which companies need to be registered. This can get particularly complicated if you have multiple sites or an overseas parent company. A lot of the companies I deal with also have Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) which need to be understood in detail as part of the CRC registration process too.


So here are some of my top tips on where to start when it comes to getting ready for Phase 2:


  • Book in some time with your Company Secretary to go through your company structure in detail
  • Try to get contact details for the individuals who are responsible for energy data for your group’s other subsidiaries
  • Send requests for energy data to your energy suppliers as early as possible as it can take a while to get replies
  • Check whether you have a CCA, or might be eligible for one, and make sure you understand how to include this in your CRC registration so you can benefit from a reduced CRC obligation


Even though this can be a time consuming process it’s definitely worth doing it, even if it confirms you’re not caught by Phase 2 - at least you’ll have peace of mind that your organisation will not be at risk of prosecution. We know that fines can go as high as £45,000 in some cases!


If any of these issues sound familiar and you’d like some advice please feel free to contact me on 01789 208 707 or come along to one of our free CRC training seminars.

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