A new league table that ranks many of the UK’s high-street names according to how they manage their energy use has been published by the Environment Agency.
Major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, hospitals, government departments and councils are among more than 2,000 organisations ranked in the first CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance League Table according to what they have done to measure energy use as preparation for taking part in the scheme.
The table ranks organisations on the steps they have taken to install smart meters and comply with Carbon Trust, or equivalent accreditation scheme, standards of energy management.
The data forms a baseline for future years which will also show overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, annual emissions savings and progress on energy efficiency.
The 2011 league table shows that over 60% of organisations have taken action by installing smart meters and obtaining a certificate for ‘good energy management’ from the Carbon Trust or other accreditation scheme.
The table also shows participants’ annual carbon emissions – although they are not ranked on them this year.
From 2012 organisations’ rank will reflect changes in carbon emissions year on year – both in absolute terms and taking the growth of an organisation into account.
The Environment Agency’s Director of Environment and Business Ed Mitchell said: "It’s very encouraging that six out of 10 organisations taking part in the scheme have taken steps to improve their energy management.
"The UK needs its high-street shops, major businesses, councils, government departments and other big energy users to use less electricity to help meet tough carbon reduction targets.
"This scheme encourages all big organisations to measure and reduce energy use which in turn should also save them money and help cut the UK’s carbon footprint."