According to a recent survey by npower, 94% of businesses want to see the financial incentives reinstated in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC EES). 32% believe that the removal of recycled payments has had a negative impact on plans to invest in energy saving measures. The first figure is unsurprising; the financial incentives in the original CRC EES were definitely appealing to all organisations. The second figure is perhaps more surprising. The removal of financial incentives has effectively turned the CRC EES into a carbon tax, making energy consumption even more expensive. Something the other 68% of respondents had obviously worked out.

However, to save energy you have to understand where you are consuming it – otherwise you can’t hope to manage it. Our experience of working with a number of public and private sector organisations shows that arriving at that understanding – and evaluating the success of any energy-efficiency initiatives – can be something of an administrative nightmare. The problem is that energy consumption information is typically scattered throughout an organisation and its supply chain, often in a range of different formats. So harvesting that information from disparate sources, getting it all into a common format and generating reports can be a major time-burden. The CRC module in Causeway’s Sustainability iQ suite has been developed to address this issue. In fact it reduces the time required to collate energy data and understand performance by as much as 90%, offering a typical return on investment of just a few months. Its functionality ranges from initial entry, storage and auditing of all required information, calculation of carbon footprint and management of scheme participation and trading costs through to tracking of performance trends. Furthermore, it can be easily expanded to encompass other areas of sustainability management. So with energy prices continuing to rise and the government determined to impose additional punishments for using energy, taking control of it and other sustainability issues needs to be at the top of the agenda.

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