Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) is the new industry legislation introduced in April 2019, replacing the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme. This scheme changes the requirements for energy and carbon emissions reporting, putting more responsibility on organisations to choose how they measure and report their emissions. The first reports are due in 2020.
SECR has been introduced as part of the UK Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to improve energy efficiency among businesses by 20% by 2030. Additionally, as per the requirements of the Fourth Carbon Budget, emissions must also be reduced by 51% by 2027.
WHO IS IN SCOPE?
A company falls into scope if they fulfil two or more of the following criteria:
Within a managed data centre, you’ll find the same standard components as in any other type of data centre, including:
✔ They have more than 250 employees.
✔ The annual turnover is more than £36million.
✔ The annual balance sheet is greater than £18m.
WHO IS EXEMPT?
✔ Companies that are not registered in the UK.
✔ UK subsidiaries that qualify for SECR but are already covered by a parent’s group report (unless the parent company is not registered in the UK).
✔ Public sector organisations, charities and private sector organisations that don’t file reports to Companies House.
✔ Companies that use less than 40,000 kWh of energy in the reporting year.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COMPLYING WITH SECR?
SECR allows companies to improve their carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Such improvements could drive financial savings and become an investment area for energy improvement measures.
SECR falls under the same compliance rules as financial reporting so non-compliance could result in penalties and unlimited fines.
WHAT ARE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?
✔ It is an annual requirement and a statement must be included in the Directors report.
✔ LLP’s are required to submit a standalone report to BEIS.
✔ SECR came into force on 1st April 2019 and the first report should include data from the 2019 –2020 period alongside their financial reporting.
What to Report
- Energy Use
- Scope 1 Emissions
- Scope 2 Emissions
- Scope 3 Emissions
- Carbon Intensity
- Energy Efficiency
Measures & Results
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