Organisations Urged to Ensure They Remain Committed to CRC in Order to Reduce Energy Output and Make Financial Savings
26 September 2011, News release from Landmark Information Group
Landmark's Carbon Counter enables organisations to accurately record and report their energy output without the extensive time and resource that this can incur
·Following the 27th September 2011 re-submission deadline, organisations need to continue to seek ways in which to significantly reduce carbon output, which can in turn result in making considerable financial savings
·A recent survey reveals the biggest barrier to CRC compliance is data collection
·Landmark's Carbon Counter software tool provides a safe and accurate repository for data and reduces time and costs associated with recording and reporting
·Of the organisations who have used Carbon Counter to ensure CRC compliance:
o92% are satisfied with the accuracy of reports submitted
oOver 96% are satisfied with the helpfulness of Landmark's staff
With the extended deadline of 27th September 2011 fast approaching for organisations to re-visit, amend inaccuracies and re-submit their footprint and annual reports to the Environment Agency as part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), Landmark Information Group is urging companies to consider their on-going CRC obligation and to remain committed to recording and reporting their carbon output in order to help reduce their organisation's energy and financial expenditure.
David Mole, Managing Director of Environmental Due Diligence, Landmark Information Group, said: "Organisations need to keep their foot on the pedal and continue to focus on their data collection and on-going reporting beyond this deadline. CRC-compliance isn't a one-off activity; as well as annually submitting the necessary reports, organisations need to take responsibility for their carbon and energy production and seek to reduce their output on an on-going basis. With energy worth £1.6bn * wasted each year, there are not only considerable energy savings to be made, but significant financial savings too.
"For those organisations with on-going spreadsheet accuracy concerns, reporting problems or missing data, help is at hand to make data collation and reporting far simpler in future.
"Landmark's Carbon Counter data management software tool simplifies and streamlines the recording and analysis of energy usage, allowing companies to see where they can implement efficiencies and realise cost savings. Furthermore, Carbon Counter can assist in the identification of any gaps or inaccuracies within reports, thereby providing organisations with peace of mind that their reports are as accurate as possible."
David continues: "We recently asked our customers for feedback on Carbon Counter and the CRC scheme, and we are delighted with the overall response, which demonstrates that Carbon Counter has made a positive impact on many organisations - a fact that is further reinforced by Carbon Counter being shortlisted in the 'Energy Efficient Service of the Year' category in the Energy Awards.
"Two key barriers to CRC compliance were highlighted as data collection and the time required to comply with the scheme; both of which Carbon Counter directly addresses. In fact, the majority of our customers stated that implementing a system like Carbon Counter earlier would have made CRC easier to manage and increased their confidence in the on-going management of CRC. Unlike spreadsheets, collating and inputting the data to Carbon Counter is a fairly simple process, whilst the fact that the required reports are generated automatically from the inputted data dramatically reduces the time spent by organisations.
"92% of respondents are comfortable with the accuracy of their reports submitted, which, together with more than 96% of respondents who were either satisfied or very satisfied with the helpfulness of Landmark's support team, and 93% who were satisfied or very satisfied with the team's competence - these figures make for very positive reading."
David concludes: "It is imperative that organisations continue to maintain their data collection and reporting process. Not only should organisations take responsibility for their energy production and do all they can to reduce output; but, with 76% of respondents stating that it takes between three months to over a year to comply with CRC, organisations need to ensure they are ready early for 2012's deadline."
Since its launch at the beginning of 2010, over 200 organisations across both public and private sectors have incorporated Carbon Counter to help ensure that they are fully compliant with CRC requirements.
Almost half of the organisations using Carbon Counter come from the public sector, including district councils, county councils and NHS trusts who are often responsible for administering electricity, gas, oil and biomass across multiple sites. This means that a clear evidence pack and audit trail is vital, something for which Carbon Counter was specifically designed. However, a growing number of private sector organisations are recognising the benefits of using the system, with companies such as Highland Spring Group and Vector Aerospace International already signed up.
To find out more about Landmark's Carbon Counter service, visit www.carboncounter.co.uk
For further information please email Landmark Information Group