B2.9 CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme


The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment. The scheme title was amended as it was deemed that the new title serves to better reflect the CRC’s focus on increasing energy efficiency.

As part of the Energy White Paper the Government announced a Carbon Reduction Commitment in May 2007. This followed a consultation where there was a strong support for mandatory rather than voluntary measures.

The scheme will cover CO2 emissions not already covered by Climate Change Agreements and the EU Emissions Trading System. The scheme is administered by the Environment Agency.

It is expected to affect 20,000 organisations in the UK, including supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities (including state funded schools) and all central government departments.

Organisations will qualify for the scheme if, during the 2008 calendar year:

  • At least one half hourly electricity meter (HHM) settled on the half hourly market across your whole organisation.
  • A total half hourly electricity consumption was at least 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh). [This is equivalent to an annual electricity bill of around £500,000.]


Electricity suppliers can confirm this information.

In the scheme, half hourly meters include any:

  • Mandatory half hourly meters.
  • Voluntary half hourly meters.
  • Half hourly light meters.
  • Pseudo half hourly meters (commonly used to measuring electricity consumption of street furniture – e.g. street lights, traffic lights, etc).
  • All remotely read Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) meters that produce half hourly data (these are not necessarily settled on the half hourly market and therefore do not count towards the first qualification criterion).