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Editor: David Keighley
17th November 2011

League tables - whether sporting, economic, health or education - inevitably throw up surprises. But this month's Performance League Table that ranked more than 2000 UK companies and organisations falling within the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme has highlighted an astonishing divergence of activity amongst the UK's major energy users. While 22 organisations topped the table by scoring 100 per cent under the scheme's Early Action Metrics, over 800 - including two Government departments - scored no marks at all.

The scheme involves large businesses and public sector organisations using more than 6000MWh of electricity a year - the equivalent of an annual electricity bill of at least £500,000. And the results of this initial league table are "really quite extraordinary", said James Ramsay of carbon management specialist Carbon Clear. "The fact that over 40 per cent - including many big brand names - failed to score a single point is a clear indicator that they are not even monitoring their energy data. It shows that there is huge room for improvement."

What many energy users are calling for is to make compliance with the scheme less complicated. Eric Lounsbury, Strategic Manager, Insights, the Carbon Trust, believes that the on-going process of simplifying the CRC "will be critical to ensuring that businesses are not overburdened by the cost of compliance".


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David Keighley

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