Carbon Reduction Commitment

Your complete CRC Energy Efficiency support service

CRC was introduced in 2010. There are around 2000 qualifying participants in the UK emitting just under 60 million tonnes of CO2 per year, representing approximately 11% of the UKs overall CO2 emissions.

As a Participant there are a number of key dates and milestones to ensure compliance.

The CRC rules are complicated and constantly changing. Visit our detailed infographic where we hope to unpick the mystery and keep you abreast of the timetable of activities required by your organisation.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme requires all qualifying businesses* to purchase allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit.

A four-year introductory phase of this mandatory emissions trading scheme began in April 2010, during which allowances were sold at a simple fixed price of £12 per tonne of CO2.

Phase 2 commenced April 2014, at which point a forecast of the allowances required could be bought ahead of the Compliance Year at £15.60 per tonne of CO2 and balanced through a Buy to Comply period after the Compliance Year is completed at a higher charge of £16.40 per tonne of CO2.

* Any business that has a half-hourly metered electricity supply needs to assess their level of participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.


Phase 2 has just started on 1st April 2014 and the final year for Phase 1 has just closed. Now is the time to prepare your Annual Report for the Compliance Year 2013-14.

We are all awaiting the emission factors that will be used for the Phase 2 emissions. We understand that this is due very soon - so keep an eye on this page for the news.

We have released our CRC Info-graphic, a powerful tool for helping you keep track with the timetable of events required by CRC.

If you want to understand the meanings to some of the CRC phrases used, consult our CRC infographic Glossary of Terms.


Energyquest can provide advice, support and data to help you manage your participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. We will help you to compile your annual reports, evidence packs and CO2 emissions forecasts.

We apply recognised formulas to calculate your CO2 emissions from energy consumption, using the accurate data we gather from your meters. We will help you set targets for your carbon emissions, to ensure you keep within the allowances you have purchased. Every month we will provide you with an up-to-date report on your carbon performance against target, so you can see how well you are doing. Such close monitoring also allows us to forecast your likely emissions out-turn for the year - as well as set emission reduction targets for subsequent years.


At the end of each year we will produce your annual report for submission to the CRC Administrator. To back-up your data you will need to keep an evidence pack too, which Energyquest will compile and manage on your behalf.

Like any new scheme, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme can seem daunting, but with expert support from Energyquest you will soon become accustomed to its requirements. Then you can begin targeting realistic carbon reductions to help you reduce your impact.