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Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a new mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme, which started in April 2010 that aims to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. The CRC will have financial and legal implications for local authorities and most schools in the UK.

Each year, the scheme will require qualifying local authorities to monitor, report on and (from April 2011), purchase carbon allowances to cover their ‘CRC emissions’, which includes emissions from all local authority maintained schools as well as voluntary aided, voluntary controlled, foundation schools and academies.

To comply with CRC requirements, schools have a statutory duty to provide the county council with information on school energy use. An information leaflet has been sent to schools introducing the scheme, highlighting the benefits of reducing emissions and providing instructions on the material schools will need to send to the local authority. 





CRC Update

Update on the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)

Automatic Meter Readers

Information on HCC installing AMRs in all schools

AMR User Guide

The Renewable Form

If your school has installed any renewable technologies (ie solar PV or solar water heaters, wind turbine, anaerobic digestion, hydroelectricity, Micro combined heat and power (mCHP)) then please can you provide the following information by 11 May 2012 and send to:

Record Sheet

The spreadsheet for all gas and electricity information to be recorded for schools that do not buy energy through the HCC energy contract.


Advice on how to reduce energy consumption, and routes for pursuing funding to implement measures.

The presentation from the 'Chairs of Governing Bodies Forum' held on the 6th December 2010, is available to download:

The presentation from the 'School Clerks Network Forum' held on the 22nd November 2010, is available to download.

Governor Workshops FAQ


Here is a list of frequently asked questions that were put forward by Governors at recently held energy saving workshops.

Schools Energy Policy and Action Plan (template)

This Energy Policy and Action Plan template has been devised to act as guidance for schools looking to undertake energy reduction initiatives.  It includes a list of actions to be considered as part of the action plan and a checklist for Managers/Energy Champion, a school walk around checklist and a school self- audit form.  


Useful Web Sites

Links to useful sites regarding reducing carbon emmissions in schools: