After a 5-month delay, the second (and final) CRC Performance League Table (PLT) was published at the end of February.
The delay occurred after a number of organisations found errors in their original data submissions, something that ultimately prompted the government to make substantial changes to the CRC, including an end to the PLT.
So was the decision to scrap the controversial league table correct?
It’s certainly understandable why the PLT had become so contentious with some of the CRC’s 2,761 participants. For example, early adopters of energy efficiency measures received no recognition for their efforts as they were only compared on their progress since the scheme’s introduction in 2010.
Others complained that the requirement to report the emissions of over 20 types of fuel was too complex and that comparing a variety of different industries in one table distorted their efforts.
However, as CRC experts such as Ben Wielgus of KPMG have pointed out, “[removing the PLT] severely diminishes the reputational driver of the CRC”. Indeed, it is the ability to compare the performance of big companies that made the CRC concept so compelling in the first place.
This is why our work at amee is so important. Based on over 250,000 publicly available data points, our team of expert statisticians has built a normalised emissions model which compares the environmental performance of every organisation in the UK relative to other organisations in the same industry sector.
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The availability of emissions data across all businesses enables cross-sector comparison – crucial not only for a meaningful and engaging CRC in the coming years but also for supply chain transparency in general. amee’s approach also avoids the severe ranking fluctuations which were a highly-disliked hallmark of the CRC’s PLT.
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As Louise Dumican of The Carlyle Group commented, “amee helped us comply with our CRC obligations much more efficiently, saving us significant time, money and manpower”.
As the CRC moves into a new year of reporting there’s little doubt that despite its early failings it’s here to stay.
The government deserves praise for establishing this energy efficiency incentive. However, initiatives must now ensure that large and small organisations across the UK have the necessary tools to accurately report their environmental data is essential.
amee’s easy-to-access, free-to-use online portal is one of these.
Tim Murphy is CEO of amee