Understanding the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Energy Market Update – 29/10/2018
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The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was introduced to incentivise large energy users in both the private and public sector. Supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities and Government departments are among the participants included in the scheme.


The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is designed to encourage organisations to develop energy management strategies that promote a better understanding of energy consumption and to take up cost-effective energy effieicny opportunities.

The scheme is expected to reduce non-traded carbon emissions by 16 million tonnes by 2027, supporting the Government’s objective to achieve an 80% reduction in UK carbon emissions by 2050.


Qualification for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is based on your electricity consumption. Organisations will qualify for the scheme if they have consumed over 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity through settled Half-Hourly meters.

Organisations that meet the qualification threshold must register using the CRC Registry, which is administered by the Environment Agency. Qualifying organisations have to comply legally with the scheme or face financial and other penalties.

A summary of steps to determine whether your organisation qualifies for participation in the CRC and more information on qualification can be found on the Environment Agency CRC web pages.

Management of the CRC Scheme

The Environment Agency administers the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on behalf of DECC the UK as a whole. It runs the UK-wide registry, and is responsible for all matters related to registration, reporting, and allowance sales within the CRC Scheme.

Auditing and enforcement functions are carried out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland, the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland, and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales.

Case Studies

We’ve helped a number of our clients who’ve qualified for the scheme with tracking, analyzing and understanding their energy consumption. Once we know and understand where and when you are using the energy we discover energy efficiency solutions to reduce your carbon emissions and consumption.

Examples include, Biomass Boilers, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Solar PV, Hydro Water Scheme and Heat Pumps.

Request a Consultation

Our energy experts will be more than happy to discuss whether you meet the requirements for the scheme and how your company can comply fully. Get in touch today to start reducing your energy consumption.

Rhys Boven
Rhys Boven
Rhys Boven is the Managing Director at leading energy brokers Switched On Energy. Most people have no idea if they are paying the correct amount or are on competitive terms, Rhys uses his expertise in the industry to help his customers make more money, save time, have less stress and peace of mind. Connect with Rhys Boven on LinkedIn >>

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