The Department for Energy and Climate Change says that new proposals will simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
The DECC claims participants will see their administrative costs cut by almost two-thirds, equating to around £330 million of savings up to 2030.
The CRC is a mandatory UK-wide trading scheme covering large business and public sector organisation, who produce 12 per cent of UK carbon emissions.
It requires businesses to report on and pay a tax on energy used, and ranks businesses in a performance league table which provides a further reputational incentive to improve their energy efficiency.
The CRC is expected to deliver carbon savings of 21 MtCO2 by 2027.
The DECC businesses support the simplification of the scheme, and will now have the opportunity to comment on Government’s proposals.
The package proposed is aimed at retaining the energy-saving and reputational benefits of the CRC, whilst reducing the bureaucracy of taking part.
Secretary of State Edward Davey said: “We have listened to businesses’ concerns about the CRC and have set out proposals to radically cut down on ‘red tape’ to save businesses money.”
The benefits of the scheme are clear though. It will deliver substantial carbon savings helping us to meet carbon budgets, and it encourages businesses to take action to improve their energy efficiency”.
The formal consultation will run for twelve weeks from today. Following on from this, Government will amend the legislation for CRC by April 2013.
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The simplification package will include:
A shortening of the CRC qualification process.
Reducing the number of fuels covered by CRC from 29 to 4.
Reducing the amount of reporting required by businesses.
Reducing the length of time participants will have to keep records.
Removing the requirement on facilities covered by Climate Change Agreement or EU Emissions Trading System installations to purchase CRC allowances.
Adopting new emissions factors for the CRC which will align it with Greenhouse Gas reporting processes.
Removing the detailed metrics of the Performance League Table from legislation and placing them in government guidance.