Energy firms ranked low in CRC carbon footprint league

Forget the football league, there's a new league to keep an eye on €" the energy efficiency league. Ofgem, Asda, Scottish Power and Center Parks are among the top 100 names in the performance league table, published by the Environment Agency under its Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme.

The CRC scheme is the UK's first mandatory carbon trading initiative, aiming to boost energy efficiency and cut the emissions of all public and private organisations that use over 6,000 MWh a year.

The incentive for sustainable energy management strategies

There appears to be a clear strategy behind the Government's introduction of the new energy efficiency rankings.

By publishing the carbon footprint figures for public viewing, the Environment Agency is making energy efficiency a reputational issue for the 2000+ organisations that are taking part, including major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, hospitals and government departments.

The potential of the CRC

Not everyone is impressed by Government's decision to publish the energy efficiency rankings. Some business leaders have criticised the Government for publishing the new league table, saying it does not present a true picture of what is happening across industry.

But in my opinion, this league table could not have come at a better time. Organisations participating in the CRC scheme will have to carefully consider the impact the carbon league table will have on their corporate image.  It's a real incentive to step up and take decisive action to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their rankings.

The CRC organisations now have a clear opportunity to help change the UK's energy market and set the tone for transparency and commitment with regards to energy efficiency.

Nick Wellington

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