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League table ranks energy saving action of high street names

Environmental update 10/11/2011

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a league table ranking the energy management of some of the UK’s biggest brands.

High street names including major supermarkets, restaurants, councils and retailers, are amongst those included on the first CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance League Table.

Ranking the 2,000 organisations in order of what they have done to measure energy usage internally, the EA takes into account the steps taken to install smart meters and to comply with the standards of energy management as detailed by the Carbon Trust, or an equivalent scheme.

The league table will form a template for the future which will reveal the overall emission savings and progress made by some of the UK’s biggest names.

More than 60 per cent of the organisations included on the list were shown to have taken some form of action to improve their energy usage. Whilst some had installed the smart meters, some had received a ‘good energy management’ certificate from a green accreditation scheme.

From next year, the names will also be ranked in terms of their annual carbon emissions – whilst the level of emissions is shown this year, the names are not ranked in order of output. By ranking them on the 2012 league table, it is hoped that those with high levels of emissions may be given an added incentive to attempt to lower them.

Ed Mitchell, EA’s director of environment and business, said, “The UK needs its high street shops, major businesses, councils, government departments and other big energy users to use less electricity to help meet tough carbon reduction targets.

“This scheme encourages all big organisations to measure and reduce energy use which in turn should also save them money and help cut the UK’s carbon footprint,” added Mr Mitchell.

 

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