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CRC report highlights surprising findings

Lack of awareness of sustainability issues is prominent among private sector organisations, report finds.

The first in-depth report into the participants of the UK CRC Energy Efficiency scheme has found that there is a wide variation regarding the perceived interest in sustainability and carbon management across the 19 sub-sectors within the public and private sectors that are affected by the scheme.

Strong performing participants appear in all 19 sectors, but there are also a much larger number than expected lagging behind these leaders. One of the key findings is that although the private sector outnumbers the public sector by 3 to 1 in total numbers of organisations in the scheme, the public sector has 2.5 times as many participants classed as ‘leaders’ in their attitudes to sustainability.

Within the ‘laggards’ segment, the private sector outnumbers the public sector by over 10 to 1. The report ‘The Sustainable Innovation Opportunities Created by the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme’, was launched by Cambium at Intellect’s HQ in London to an audience of interested groups and journalists. It provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the composition of the sub-sectors containing the 2,770 large public and private sector organisations required to be in the scheme.

The research arranges the CRC participants into 19 sub-sectors and measures the level of interest in four key indicators for sustainability, specifically:

• Sustainability
• Carbon
• Social Awareness
• Environmental ROI

These four indicators are then used to segment each of the 19 sub-sectors showing their adoption rate of sustainability activity into those who are leaders, early majority, late majority and laggards. Fifteen percent of the private sector organisations make no mention at all of any of the above indicators, compared to less than 1% in the public sector. This finding is indicative of a lack of awareness of sustainability, carbon management and corporate environmental responsibility in parts of the private sector.

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory scheme to improve energy efficiency and therefore cut CO2 emissions in large public and private sector organisations. These organisations are responsible for around 10% of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

The report can be purchased at: www.cambiumllp.com/crc-ees/crcreport