Ruth Mitchell

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Energy Efficient businesses should be rewarded say Utilitywise

The Government should consider rewarding energy efficient businesses, as well as simplifying red tape, according to an energy and utilities consultancy.

This week the Department for Energy and Climate Change have launched a consultation into the CRC Energy Scheme (CRC), which targets emissions from large public and private sector organisations.

The consultation documents will include proposals to streamline and simplify the scheme for businesses delivering energy efficiency objectives, whilst also making compliance easier and cheaper for participants.

However, Utilitywise are concerned that simplification could mean that green firms who have already invested heavily in carbon offsetting will effectively have to pay twice.

Dr Duncan Tytler, Utilitywise Technical Director said: “CRC was a good idea in its original format as it rewarded big energy users who implemented energy efficiency measures and taxed those who did nothing.

“Moving the system to be a flat tax doesn’t incentivise firms, so the modified CRC will need to reward energy efficiency with some form of credit in addition to the energy saved.”

Utilitywise is now calling on businesses to voice their concerns to the Government and is asking politicians to recognise the need for better incentives to encourage firms generating their own energy or using offset products like Carbon Zero.

Darren Sutherland Utilitywise Energy Manager said: “It looks like the CRC is here to stay given the various pledges to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint it will be impossible to scrap the scheme entirely.

“The likelihood is this that sooner or later this scheme will be extended to more companies, so even if you’re not affected now, you may well be in the future.

“The only way you can guarantee smaller bills in the future is to take action now to reduce your energy costs.”

Adam Thompson, Utilitywise Chief Operating Officer added: “Energy costs are one of the major pressures businesses of all shapes and sizes face and the biggest savings in energy costs come from reducing consumption.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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