EA cracks down on non-compliance with the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme
The Government announced in the summer budget that the Carbon Reduction Commitment
Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) will be abolished following the July 2019 submission.
Some companies may therefore assume that enforcement will nose-dive, but this is
not the case.
Who has been penalised and why?
At the end of March, the Environment Agency (EA) released a list of companies
that received civil penalties for non-compliance under the scheme between November
2015 and March 2016.
Of the penalties issued, a common theme of inaccurate reporting and failure to
submit annual reports has emerged. The fines ranged from £2,850 to £45,000 and featured
a variety of companies including Government Departments and Public Sector Bodies.
How to avoid the penalties?
In order to ensure compliance with the CRC, companies should:
- assess if they are obligated for Phase 2 of the scheme
- analyse company structure
for any changes since registration
- report any designated changes
to the Environment Agency
- capture a list of all obligated
undertakings and associated energy sources
- contact energy suppliers
for statements by 31 March
- compile data and submit an
annual report by the last working day in July
- purchase and surrender allowances
to cover emissions
- maintain an evidence pack
How can affected businesses reduce the burden?
Valpak has helped companies affected by the CRC since the scheme first came into
force in 2010 and we are currently helping companies to comply for year two of the
second phase of the CRC. Our dedicated team can offer tailored support to suit companies
within any sector.
Our full compliance service helps affected companies with data collation, submissions
and maintenance of evidence packs. All our current CRC customers are confident that
they are fully compliant and can prove that they are in the case of an EA audit.
If you have identified that your company is affected by the CRC, if you are new
to the CRC or would just like to know more about energy legislation and management
why not come along to one of our Energy Seminars where we will discuss energy compliance
and outline how your business can make energy savings.
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