19 Jul 2011 10:07:06
Businesses call for more guidance on CRC
Businesses back the principle of the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), but have issues with the way it has been implemented.
According to npower's latest Business Energy Index, 46 percent believe they have not been given sufficient guidance about the CRC, however, many also say the scheme has had a positive impact on their energy efficiency.
Some 72 percent invested in energy efficiency as a direct result of being involved with the scheme, while 62 percent installed smart meters, the annual research found.
However, 82 percent said greater clarity surrounding their obligations was needed and 52 percent claimed it is important that there are no further changes.
"While it is encouraging to see businesses are investing in energy efficiency measures, it is clear that the removal of recycled payments have meant that perhaps businesses have not implemented as much as planned," Dave Lewis, head of business energy services at npower, said.
A huge 94 percent called for the financial incentives to be reinstated.
Npower has also published a new white paper, compiled by the London School of Economics, called Energy Risk Management for UK Business, which can be downloaded from npower's website
The government recently outlined its plans for simplifying the CRC, rejecting the idea that the energy efficiency scheme should be replaced with a conventional tax.