So how did they perform? Our customers and the CRC League Table

Here at 1E, we’ve been looking at the newly published 2010-2011 CRC Performance League Table.

We wanted to see how organizations are getting on with CRC reporting, but more importantly, with reducing their carbon footprints.

We’re pleased to say that we work with 93 of the top 500 organizations in the Performance League Table (PLT) – that’s a respectable 19%. Almost half (47%) of that number use our flagship PC power management solution, NightWatchman Enterprise including (in order of CRC performance):

· John Lewis Partnership; (2029) Department of Culture, Media & Sport (2018); AT&T (1939); Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust (1922); Wolverhampton Council (1517) in the top 200.

· Oxfordshire County Council (1882); The Department of Work and Pensions (1879); Centrica (1875); Lend Lease (1676); Oxford City Council (1852); The Environment Agency (1827.5); Nomura (1803); EDF Energy (1774); HSBC (1736); Department of Education (1676.5); and SJ Berwin (1676.5) in the top 400.

Of those 16, five are in the top 200 these are John Lewis Partnership (2029); Department of Culture, Media & Sport (2018); AT&T (1939); Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust (1922); Wolverhampton Council (1517). *The scores in brackets denote overall CRC weighted score and the higher the score the better.

Of all of these, we’re proud of all of our customer’s achievements but we’d like to call out Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The hospital came in 11th out of 150 hospitals and so ended up in the top 7% overall. Its efforts to be greener, more efficient and work smarter with the IT that it uses have seen it win a number of awards including ‘Greenest Hospital’ at the Healthcare, Excellence and Leadership (HEAL) 2010 and a runner up nomination at this year’s Green IT awards. Well done Shaun!

To find out more about how you can report against the CRC and reduce your carbon emissions using PC power management and server power management software from 1E, please visit:

· NightWatchman® Enterprise

· NightWatchman® Server Edition

We’re standing by for more information about the CRC. We’ve keeping an eye on the headlines and saw that a hint of a possible reform is in the air: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2123585/defra-minister-hints-crc-reformed

*Weighted Score – The sum of, the score for each metric multiplied by the weighting for that metric. The weighting applied to each metric is dependent on the compliance year to which the Performance League Table relates. The higher the score the better the ranking in the Performance League Table.


What now for the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme?

 

One of my tasks for this week has been to attempt to unravel just what is happening regarding the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme. Now this scheme was tricky enough to get to grips with from the offset, but now the picture seems to be getting darker and darker…

After much reading and analysis however, I can report that actually no-one really knows what on earth is going on with this. Is it a stealth tax? Efficient Carbon management? or will it just fade away like a nasty scar?

Well here’s where we are right now. The first signs of change came back in October 2010 when the government decided to change the fundamentals. Under the original terms of CRC , It was stated that funds raised from the purchase of CO2 allowances would be plowed back into the scheme. This idea was meant to reward those companies that cut their energy usage the most. This was known as ‘revenue recycling’.

Now that the government has decided that it need the cash however, it expects to raise £1 billion a year from the scheme by 2014-15 – money which will be used to support the public finances rather than recycled to participants. Hence the ‘stealth tax’ jibes.

Next up, the Energy Minister Chris Huhne announced that the government will delay the implementation of the scheme, so that the first sale of permits to cover energy use will not take place next year, but in 2012. Eligible companies will not have to register for the second phase of the scheme, due to start in April 2011, until 2013. Perhaps he thinks that we’ll have forgotten about it by then?

The UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper certainly seems to think that the scheme is doomed. In their subtly titled article ‘Environmental Stealth Tax May be Scrapped’, they claim to have heard that that the CRC could be merged with other taxes in a number of “discussion papers” for the 5,000 companies due to be affected.

This news is creating great uncertainty and confusion in the business world. Energy consultants have been busy briefing their clients on what potential changes might mean. “One of the options proposed is effectively abolishing the Carbon Reduction Commitment and saying should we merge its provisions with the Climate Change Levy [an existing tax on business energy usage] and mandatory carbon reporting,” said Dave Symons, a director at WSP Environment and Energy. “We can see the logic for that. But it’s quite a substantial change. Merging the scheme with another tax could even create additional revenue for the Treasury because it could extend the scope.”

Whatever happens to the CRC, scrapped, delayed or revised, I think that it’s safe to say that  some form of mandatory Carbon Reporting is still coming for larger companies. Click Green reports that we still have a situation where most companies cannot or will not measure their carbon footprint, and this is worrying. In fact carbon reporting is becoming so high profile that recently 50 companies and NGOs wrote to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), supporting mandatory carbon reporting and there are some heavy hitters in there. We are fast approaching a time where a businesses attitude to sustainability and serious carbon reduction will sort the men from the boys, and I know where which side of the fence I’d like to be on when it arrives!


UK CRC Registration Deadline has Passed So What Now?

Last week there was a flurry of activity this side of the pond as companies scrambled to register for the UK's CRC scheme before the deadline of September 30. Or should I say 'some' companies seem to have scrambled while others stood around looking slightly confused and some just ignored it completely. So what happens now?

Well firstly, the UK Environment Agency has published its list of participants as promised, so you can go and have a snoop around to see if your competitors are in there. There are 12112 registered companies in there, but only 2778 full participanys the Agency did expect more, about 20,000 declared companies and 5000 full participants, but as the companies that have registered account for about 90% of electricity usage expected to be covered by the scheme it's not looking too bad.

As ever with these types of schemes, complexity seems to be troubling a lot of companies. In an effort to encourage companies to register, the Evironment Agency advised in August that they should submit data even if they thought it might be inaccurate or incomplete, saying: "We will work with you to resolve any errors in the information you supply. This will not affect your compliance."  Hmm really. Doesn't fill me with confidence I must say, and a study by energy company npower found that as many as 1 in 5 companies may have submitted the wrong information. Issues reported included difficulties compiling the data over multiple sites and a general lack of knowledge as to what was actually required. Even the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the scheme is changed prior to the start of the second phase (2013-2017), in order to reduce its complexity.

What does this mean for the IT industry? At the moment no-one knows, and I can see this rumbling on for quite some time as the scheme gets bogged down in it's own complexity. In the future however teething problems will be sorted, and the long and short of it is that this will not go away. Many companies are already tracking energy usage using tools like 1E's NightWatchman, which can help to pull together data over many sites and present a coherent picture of overall carbon management. Those who are simply burying heads in the sand may have got away with it for now, but energy monitoring and management will be a simple fact of life in the future, both at home and in the workplace. Get used to it!