Somerset County Council

Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme


The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions in large public and private sector organisations. The scheme features a range of reputational, behavioural and financial drivers, which aim to encourage the development of energy management strategies that promote a better understanding of energy usage.

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In a bid to reduce carbon emissions from large businesses and public sector bodies, the UK Government has launched a mandatory carbon reduction scheme as part of the UK's strategy to deliver carbon emission reduction targets set out in the Climate Change Act.

Organisations qualify as participants if, during the 2008 calendar year, they had at least one half-hourly electricity meter (HHM), settled on the half hourly market and if they consumed at least 6,000 MWh (megawatt hours) through all half-hourly meters.  State funded schools and academies qualify under the CRC as part of their local authority grouping. 

To put the CRC energy use into perspective, 6,000 MWh is the equivalent of 100 computers running constantly 24 hours a day, for 273 years. 

As a CRC participant we are required to measure and report on our CO2 emissions annually.  We will have to pay £12 for every tonne of carbon emitted from our property estate, which includes schools and academies. 

If we fail to report energy consumption for any of our properties, or report inaccurately we will be fined, and the cost can increase to £40 per tonne of CO2. 

What does Somerset County Council have to do? 
Collate and submit our energy consumption and carbon emissions through: 

Annual report - a report that each participant must provide via the online registry system by the last working day of July after each annual reporting year.  This details their CRC emissions for the previous financial year.  

Evidence pack - participants must keep a record of their organisation's energy use and other documents supporting the information given to the administrator as part of CRC compliance.  

To enable this reporting and limit any fines, it is now mandatory for all Council sites, including schools and academies, to complete carbon returns. Each property has a nominated representative (Associated Person) who is required to provide specific information through an annual CRC Declaration.  

This process is complimented by 2 further mandatory 'change' requests which enable compliance and limit any fines incurred under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. 

Timeline for 2012 report   

18 April 2012 -  Deadline for submission of Annual Declaration forms (Council Property Managers, Headteachers and Principals) 

April to July 2012 - Collation and verification of energy data (Carbon Management Unit) 

31 July 2012  - Deadline for submission of CRC Energy Efficiency reporting by the Council 

June -July 2012 - Purchase of CRC allowances (Carbon Management Unit) 

September 2012 - Deadline for submission of mandatory change request form (Council Property Managers, Headteachers and Principals) 

October 2012 - Publication of CRC league tables 

January 2013 - Deadline for submission of mandatory change request form (Council Property Managers, Headteachers and Principals) 

If you are on the central energy contract, we can request the energy data we need to record and report under CRC directly through your energy supplier, in the form of a supplier statement.  However this does not remove the requirement to complete the annual CRC declaration. 

If you are not on the central energy contract we need your permission to do this. Please refer to the Letter of Authority in the Information and Resources section of this page. 

A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled to assist with any questions you may have.  This can also be accessed through the Information and Resources panel on the right. 

Who can use it?

This web page has been created for Somerset County Council Property Managers, Headteachers or Principals, as the Council is within scope of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.  

How do I use it?

Further information about the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme can be found from the DECC website or the Environment Agency website. Links to these websites are in the Information and Resources section. 

General information
Reducing carbon emissions is something we can all do.  Often saving energy will reduce your carbon emissions as well as save you money.  You can find information to help you with this on the Energy Saving Trust website.


Contact: Carbon Management Team
Phone 01823 355425

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