Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is the name the UK Government has for the new legislation which follows on from the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). SECR came into legislation on 1st April 2019, so you need to be thinking about this now.
With growing pressures on the UK Government to meet the required climate change targets, SECR was introduced. It means that all large UK companies (including charitable organisations) must now report their carbon emissions and energy usage on an annual basis. The new SECR regulation will require an estimated 11,900+ organisations in the UK to report their carbon and energy emissions.
Three groups of organisations are impacted by the SECR regulation. All organisations that fall within the following criteria must comply:
Organisations or LLPs are defined as ‘large’ if they meet at least two of the following three criteria in a reporting period:
It is worth noting that the set criteria for ‘large’ differs from the ESOS criteria; ESOS Compliance does not meet the criteria for SECR Compliance, or vice versa.
An exemption exists for quoted or large unquoted companies and LLPs that can confirm their energy use is lower than – 40MWh or less over the reporting period. However, these companies will still need to include a statement in their report confirming that they are a low energy user.
Well that depends on the type of organisation that you are. As the reporting requirements differ for quoted companies, large unquoted companies and LLPs.
All quoted companies must continue to report your global scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, and a chosen emissions intensity ratio in your director’s report for the current year and the previous reporting periods too. You will also be required to report the underlying global energy use for the current reporting year.
All unquoted large companies and large LLPs will need to report as a minimum, your UK energy use for gas, electricity and transport etc, and your associated GHG emissions, which will include at least one metric of intensity.
All quoted and unquoted companies and LLPs need to report GHG emissions, energy used and at least one emissions metric of intensity for the current and previous financial years. The report must include a description of which measures are taken to work towards improving the energy efficiency within that period and if possible, resulting energy improvements from the actions taken and reported.
If you would like any more information or if you are ready to find out how we can offer you support through the process, please get in touch today to discuss.
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