01 Jul 2011 10:07:09
DECC to simplify carbon reduction commitment
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) to create a more streamlined initiative.
Energy minister Greg Barker said after consideration the government has decided to retain the energy-efficiency scheme, rather than replace it with a conventional tax, although changes will take place to simplify the CRC and cut overlaps with Climate Change Agreements.
In a written ministerial statement, Mr Barker said there is evidence prices alone will not persuade energy-intensive sectors to cut their usage and the CRC remains the best route for the country to stay within its carbon budget.
All large public and private sector organisations, which account for around ten per cent of the UK's CO2
emissions, are required to participate in the CRC.
"We believe that the tailored combination of reputational, financial and standardised energy measurement and monitoring drivers remain the most effective way to tackle the barriers to the uptake of energy efficiency," he added.
An informal debate with stakeholders in the scheme is set to take place this autumn, before legislative proposals are put forward next year. Another review of the CRC is set to take place in 2017.