Astonishingly it appears nearly 40% of organisations on the 2106 strong list, which includes major public bodies like the Home Office, have no voluntary half-hourly meters or energy performance accreditation.

While DECC is one of the top 25 performers the CRC’s own department, the Environment Agency, only manage to rank at 275 and only achieved a 62.5% early action metric.

Across the whole CRC league table the Ministry of Defence is the highest emitter and will need to spend around £21m on allowances this year to cover its emissions.

WSP Environment & Energy director, David Symons, said these lowest-ranked organisations were ‘wasting money’.

He said: “Installing the simplest of automatic meter readers, and acting on the data these produce, saves firms around 10% on their energy bills with little capital expense.

“If all of the 800 companies at the bottom of the league table took this simple measure, they would together cut UK carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes, cut £12m off their energy bills and avoid having to buy £1.2m of CRC allowances.”

Luke Walsh

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