Carbon Reduction Commitment

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

SSE’s carbon emissions explained

In 2015/16 SSE’s total carbon emissions were 13 million tCO2e – a 22% reduction from the previous year. This graphic explains where these emissions come from and some of the steps SSE is taking to reduce them.

What is the CRC?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory, UK governmental scheme, designed to help reach the 2050 goal of reducing UK carbon emissions by 80% compared to the 1990 baseline.

CRC focuses on the sustainability of our energy supplies and encourages both energy efficiency and the adoption of clean energy sources.

What are emissions?

A number of 'greenhouse gases' are emitted in the production of electricity. The main areas that cause emissions are the burning of fossil fuels in coal and gas-fired power stations. Most of the gas produced is carbon dioxide (CO2) which is strongly linked with climate change.

How to reduce carbon emissions

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme encourages a huge carbon reduction from large energy users. That means it has considerable financial and reputational implications for all businesses involved.

Buying allowances to cover your company's emissions can lead to financial pressures. While the administration of the scheme will have an ongoing and relatively fixed cost for each business, the purchase of allowances can be reduced by adopting energy saving strategies. This could include fitting technology innovations as well as adopting a more sustainable energy policy within your business.

Carbon footprint reduction shows that your company has made a commitment to sustainability. That's good for your business reputation and it's particularly attractive to consumers who value environmental sustainability.

How does the CRC scheme work?

The scheme applies to organisations that use more than 6,000MWh of electricity each year and operates in phases. We're currently in Phase 2, which runs until 31st March 2019. Registration for Phase 2 closed on 31st January 2014.

Participating members must buy sufficient allowances to cover their carbon emissions. One allowance must be surrendered for each tonne of CO2 emitted. The Department of Energy & Climate Change publishes the allowance price for each phase; the price for Phase 2 is £16.40 per tonne of CO2. When the registration dates for Phase 3 are announced, we'll update this page.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and you: Your CRC obligation

If you have qualified for Phase 2, you will be required to:

  • Provide information regarding your annual transmissions, excluding, domestic accounts, transportation fuel and Non Half Hourly unmetered supplies
  • Surrender sufficient allowances for your projected emissions
  • Keep and update associated CRC reports.

Reporting deadlines for Phase 2 are as follows:

Compliance YearAnnual Reporting Deadline
1st April 2014 to 31st March 201531st July 2015
1st April 2015 to 31st March 201629th July 2016
1st April 2016 to 31st March 201731st July 2017
1st April 2017 to 31st March 201831st July 2018
1st April 2018 to 31st March 201931st July 2019

Report Request Submission



In order to process your request please supply a file listing all sites in question using the form below.
This file must include site MPAN for electricity and MPRN for gas.
Please also include the following fields:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Organisation name
  • Position in organisation
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