Monday, 11 October 2010

Most businesses lack tools to meet their carbon commitments

As many as two-thirds of the 20,000 UK businesses that will be affected by
the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) do not have sufficient software
systems in place to analyse their performance.

This is according to an independent report released today by ERP software
provider IFS.

This information comes the day before registration closes for the
Environment Agency scheme, which stipulates that businesses must constantly
monitor electricity, gas and static fuel use.

Alastair Sorbie, CEO of IFS, said: "Like a lot of initiatives originating
from Europe, not enough attention is being paid to the immediacy of the CRC.

"You can't hide from the fact that many UK businesses now have to build
these systems to track and report on environmental impact. Non-compliance
will affect your business."

Sorbie's comments come after a recent report from British Gas Business,
highlighting the fact that thousands of UK businesses that qualify for CRC
monitoring and should have registered by 30 September have not yet done so,
even though this could mean a fine of up to £45,000.

To qualify for the CRC, a business has to have had a total half-hourly
electricity consumption of over
6,000 mega watt-hours during 2008.

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