Due to go live at 8am the information was not available straight away and then at about 8.30am when a link to the Performance League Table (PLT) appeared anyone clicking on it was taken to an error screen.

After that time the number of people attempting to view the table appeared to slow down the the website.

The scheme’s short life has seen it transform from a potential revenue driver into straight tax on energy intensive industry.

Critics of the scheme said today (November 8) the changes had made the tables ‘perverse’ and future tables would be a clearer indicator of energy efficiency.

It is also claimed some companies at the foot of the table are actually more energy efficient than those on the top.

WSP Environment and Energy director, David Symons, said: “While the league table will get attention, rather perversely it gives no consideration to the energy efficiency of an organisation, or whether participants have improved their energy performance over the year.”

“This will change for future tables, as a track record of energy performance is built up, for this edition however, companies’ positions are based 50% on the percentage of a company’s portfolio that is covered by the Carbon Trust standard, or equivalent, and 50% on the percentage fitted with voluntary automatic meter readers.

“This means that some companies at the bottom of the table will be more energy efficient or have made greater strides in lowering their emissions than those at the top.”

Luke Walsh

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