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Efficiency scheme streamlined
Proposals to make the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme simpler, easier and more straightforward have been outlined.

The CRC scheme started in April last year to reduce carbon emissions in businesses through energy efficiency improvements.

Following recent discussions with businesses, industry, other scheme participants and regulators the proposals will result in a CRC scheme which:

• is simpler, reducing administrative burden on businesses
• provides greater certainty to participants about how they comply with the CRC
• allows greater flexibility for businesses in how they take part
• reduces the overlap between the CRC and other government climate policies

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Businesses have made clear to me their serious concerns about the overly complex and bureaucratic CRC scheme. We’ve got to help business reduce their emissions, not strangle them in red tape. We’ve already taken action to remove 10,000 organisations from the scheme but we’ve got to do more to help make it easier for those organisations taking part.

“I believe the principle of the scheme is right which is why I am proposing to make the CRC simpler while still protecting its strong environmental integrity to cut emissions in large organisations and businesses.

“Energy efficiency is a no brainer. It saves money and cuts carbon. Our proposals will make it easier and simpler for businesses to feel the benefits of using less energy as well as supporting jobs in the energy savings industry.”

The proposals will be formally consulted on early next year but comments from participants are encouraged now.

The CRC Scheme pages of the DECC website