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New league table shows big energy users’ action to save energy
A new league table that ranks many of the UK’s high-street names according to how they manage their energy use has been published today by the Environment Agency.
Major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, hospitals, government departments and councils are among more than 2,000 organisations ranked in the first CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance League Table according to what they have done to measure energy use as preparation for taking part in the scheme.
The table ranks organisations on the steps they have taken to install smart meters and comply with Carbon Trust, or equivalent accreditation scheme, standards of energy management.
Baseline for future years
The data forms a baseline for future years which will also show overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, annual emissions savings and progress on energy efficiency.
The 2011 league table shows that over 60 per cent of organisations have taken action by installing smart meters and obtaining a certificate for ‘good energy management’ from the Carbon Trust or other accreditation scheme.
The table also shows participants’ annual carbon emissions – although they are not ranked on them this year.
Future league tables
From 2012 organisations’ rank will reflect changes in carbon emissions year on year – both in absolute terms and taking the growth of an organisation into account.
It means the rankings will increasingly become a public statement on participants’ energy efficiency, giving them an added incentive to cut emissions.
The companies, universities and local authorities at the top of this year’s rankings have done the most when it comes to installing smart meters so they can accurately chart how much electricity and gas they use and spot where to make savings.
Encouraging steps to improve energy management
The Environment Agency’s Director of Environment and Business Ed Mitchell said: "It’s very encouraging that six out of 10 organisations taking part in the scheme have taken steps to improve their energy management.
"The UK needs its high-street shops, major businesses, councils, government departments and other big energy users to use less electricity to help meet tough carbon reduction targets.
"This scheme encourages all big organisations to measure and reduce energy use which in turn should also save them money and help cut the UK’s carbon footprint."
If you are unable to view the table on this link we have provided the table in an Excel spreadsheet format on our website.
About the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
The CRC scheme involves large businesses and public sector organisations who use more than 6000MWh electricity per year – equivalent to an annual electricity bill of at least £500,000.
The Performance League Table is based on the data reported to the CRC Registry by organisations in their Annual Reports and the methods used to collate the rankings has been independently verified by AEAT.
The CRC is a UK wide scheme and the policy has been developed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland.
As this is the first year of the scheme, the Environment Agency allowed participants to make corrections to their reports between 29 July and 27 September. This enabled them to amend errors that either they noticed or we notified them of via the quality checking we undertook on submitted reports.
The rankings for this year’s table were calculated by working out the percentage of electricity and gas supplies covered by voluntary installed automatic meters and the percentage of an organisations CRC emissions covered by the Carbon Trust Standard or recognised equivalent scheme.