Organisations not ready for The Carbon Reduction Commitment
23 July 2009
Kyocera survey shows businesses feel unprepared for legislation
A survey by document imaging specialists, Kyocera Mita has revealed that many organisations feel that they are not ready for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).
The research showed that over a third of the respondents surveyed believed they were not well versed in the CRC, and 21% of those asked did not even know what the CRC legislation was. In fact, only 18% of the people surveyed were certain that the CRC legislation would not apply to them.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment is a mandatory cap and trade scheme in the UK that commences in April 2010 and will apply to large non energy-intensive organizations in the public and private sectors. It is anticipated that the scheme will have cut carbon emissions by 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020. Under the scheme organisations must buy carbon allowances and a league table that shows emissions and reduction efforts will be made readily available to the public.
The survey also highlighted that the provision of information and the sharing of experiences on carbon reduction will help benefit organisations in the future. Of those that had not yet implemented carbon reduction strategies, it was rarely because of a lack of concern about the issue, and more often due to a lack of knowledge on how to go about the process.
69% of the respondents surveyed said they already monitored energy usage, showing that this practice is already regarded by many as important. Of these organisations, 39% had also set energy reduction targets, with a 50/50 divide between those who were meeting targets and those who were not. However, a significant number – 29%, the largest single response – had no targets in place, despite monitoring usage.
Respondents were also asked about measuring energy consumption of individual office devices (such as printers, computers and photocopiers), which are considered by The Carbon Trust to account for typically 15% of an organisation’s energy use. 84% of those asked did not measure energy consumption of individual devices, despite the potential energy cost savings available.
When it came to carbon footprinting their organisation, only 14% had measured the carbon footprint of at least some products and services using a proprietary standard, and 4% had completed the process using a publicly available standard, the most popular being The Carbon Trust Standard, PAS 2050 and DEFRA.
The issue of carbon reduction, however, was still a hot topic to the respondents, despite the economic situation. Many people were also displaying a desire to implement their ideas across their organisation and also share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts from other organisations.
Tracey Rawling Church, Director of Brand and Reputation at Kyocera Mita said: “With only nine months to go until the CRC takes effect, the lack of awareness and understanding needs to be addressed. Clearly, government has a role to play but we are also trying to actively support businesses that want to become better informed on the subject. Our Green Card environmental information network has already held one free briefing on the subject of the CRC, and more are planned. We will also continue to keep our Green Card members informed via the website, www.thegreencard.org.uk, and through our monthly e-newsletters.”
The survey was conducted during May 2009 by the Low Carbon Innovation Network, with sponsorship from Kyocera, and was carried out to examine attitudes, knowledge, current and future practices, and factors affecting carbon reduction within UK companies. The survey collected responses from senior executives representing more than 250 companies from a wide range of industry sectors and provides a clear picture on current carbon reduction practices.
To see the full results of the survey and other research by Kyocera, please visit http://www.thegreencard.org.uk/index/greening_your_office/research.html