Blue Chip Advises Businesses to Avoid Penalties Under Carbon Reduction Scheme

Top Quote The UK's top 5000 power users will be subject to penalties under the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme unless they take the necessary steps, warns IT specialist, Blue Chip, as it prepares to host a free seminar on the subject. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 18, 2010 - Blue Chip, the IT specialist, is hosting a free seminar in conjunction with carbon footprint emissions and management experts, Greenocity, advising companies on how to conform to the Government's environmental initiative for business, and avoid penalties. The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, launched in April, will affect the top 5000 power users in the UK.

    Owned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and operated by the Environment Agency, The CRC Scheme is a far reaching initiative, intended to reduce CO2 emissions in the UK by 20 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2020, and by 80 per cent by 2050.

    Anthony Green, Sales Director at Blue Chip, explains: "The Scheme targets IT departments as the source of up to 45 per cent of a businesses' total CO2 emissions. Whilst launched in April, business and IT departments are reported to be unprepared for it, despite the penalties that can be imposed. Our seminar fills the knowledge gap, explaining what the Scheme entails, how it applies to business, and importantly, how companies can be rewarded, rather than penalised under the Scheme, by taking steps to both cut emissions and save money on power at the same time."

    Known as 'Footprint Year', this year companies qualified within the top 5000 power users will need to register under the Scheme, undertake an Infrastructure Assessment to declare current emissions, and forecast emissions for 2011/2012. Companies' performance will appear in league tables, with penalties and bonuses distributed accordingly.

    Tony Fisher, Managing Director at Greenocity adds "The aim of the CRC Scheme is to help companies find ways to reduce their CO2 emissions and in return they will enjoy financial bonuses on payment of allowances, and reduced energy consumption bills. The result will be real, measurable benefits for all."

    Businesses are invited to attend the seminar, free of charge, at Blue Chip's offices at Nuffield Road in Poole on Wednesday July 28 between 1.45pm and 4.30pm. Register online at (see listing for Poole seminars), or email kate.chappelle ( @ ) bluechip dot

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