The Environment Agency has published its CRC Energy Efficiency Performance league table ranking many of the UK's best known high-street names according to how they manage their energy use and hence carbon footprint.
Banks, supermarkets, restaurant chains, retailers and councils are among more than 2,000 organisations ranked in the first CRC league table according to what they have done to improve energy efficiency in preparation for taking part in the scheme.
The table ranks organisations on the steps they have taken to improve energy efficiency through installing smart meters, complying with The Carbon Trust and other energy management standards. The table provides baseline data which will also show overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, annual emissions savings and progress on energy efficiency.
The 2011 league table shows that over 60% of organisations have taken action by installing smart meters and obtaining a certificate for 'good energy management' from the Carbon Trust or other accreditation scheme. The table also shows participants' annual carbon emissions – although they are not ranked on them this year.
The table is published annually. From 2012 organisations' rank will reflect changes in carbon emissions year on year – both in absolute terms and taking the growth of an organisation into account. It means the rankings will increasingly become a public statement on participants' energy efficiency, giving them an added incentive to cut emissions.
The organisations at the top of this year's rankings have done the most when it comes to installing smart meters so they can accurately chart how much electricity and gas they use and spot where to make savings.
The table is available from: http://www.carbonreductioncommitment.info/crc-league-table.
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