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Background - CRC, EU-ETS and GHG reporting schemes

More and more organisations are developing a Sustainability policy and need tools to properly deliver it. Each policy may vary greatly dependant on the type of organisation and its aims and objectives in this area. In the UK compliance with the CRC scheme is the next major goal for qualifying organizations. In other regions organizations may wish to manage Carbon Emission data under other schemes or simply as best-practice.

Managing Carbon Emission data accurately is a must for responsible organizations, but making this practical can be time-consuming and costly. In addition, reporting schemes may impose financial penalties on participants who fail to report accurately and on-time. CarbonOps has a long history working with major clients to make their Carbon Reporting requirements achievable, auditable, automated and cost efficient. For these reasons, CarbonOps have developed the ClimateLinked platform based on their EU-ETS platform, for use by organizations in other reporting schemes such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment in the UK. Our services and products enable your organization to move off spreadsheets and infrequent reporting to an automated, continuous carbon reporting environment.
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Introduction to Carbon Reporting and Compliance Schemes
Carbon Reduction Commitment
The CRC scheme will be the world's most complex and extensive carbon trading scheme ever implemented. The scheme is based on the aggregated consumption of an organization's UK businesses, i.e. the consumption of UK parent, sister and subsidiary companies must all be added together for the purposes of qualification, management and reporting.
At the end of each year, the energy performance of participant organizations will be published in national league tables ranked from best to worst. Performance will be based on reductions in annual energy consumption and progress in implementing management and technology measures. Each year, money collected through the annual sale of carbon credits will be recycled back to scheme participants.
The best performers will receive their money back, plus 10% to 50%, based on their position in the league table. The worst performers will not get all of their money back.
 
Reporting under the CRC Scheme
Determination of Qualification or Exemption based on electricity usage
Measuring carbon emissions accurately and providing an Annual Footprint report to the Environment Agency
Maintaining an auditable set of carbon data, known as the "evidence pack" to provide supporting information on a Footprint report
Calculating carbon values using approved Emission factors
Coverage of Scope 2 emissions (electricity consumed) and some or all Scope 1 emissions (on-site fuel consumption, owned vehicles, fugitive emissions), based on coverage, exemptions and fuel usage
Purchase and submission of carbon credits
 
Carbon Trust Standard
The Carbon Trust Standard is awarded to organisations that measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint and has a wider scope than the CRC. The award of the Carbon Trust standard contributes to improved performance under the Carbon Reduction Scheme. It is an “Early-action metric” as defined in the CRC Scheme.
The standard requires organizations to:
GHG / International Reporting Schemes
The GHG Protocol defines Scope 1, 2 and 3 emission categories. International reporting schemes such as ISO14064 use these definitions and local or voluntary compliance schemes are often based around particular subsets of these definitions.
 
Carbon Disclosure Project
Based on the GHG / ISO14064 protocols. A project that collects carbon data reports from leading international organizations and publishes a Leadership Index based on the scope and quality of data reported.