Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
The UK government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) policy was implemented on 1 April 2019 to replace the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), when the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018 came into force.
The legislation is designed to simplify energy and carbon reporting and encourage qualifying organisations to implement energy efficiency measures. The scheme has introduced carbon reporting to more organisations than ever before.
Qualification criteria can be found in the government guidelines which can be found here.
Possible changes to SECR in 2021
- The scope for SECR widened from 4,000 eligible business to 11,000 last year and it is likely to widen further in the coming year.
- Reporting regulations could change as the UK looks to meet its carbon targets, requiring more extensive and detailed reports.
- Businesses may be required to include more detailed reports regarding Scope 3 emissions. Read more about Scope 3 emissions here.
- Mandatory verification may be enforced to improve the accuracy of any reports completed in-house.
- It may become compulsory to use the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) methodology in your reports.
- Businesses may be required to reduce their emissions or set targets based on any issues identified by SECR reporting, as opposed to the current voluntary system.
Ensure your business is SECR compliant
Zenergi can employ our expertise to ensure you’re fully compliant with these often-confusing obligations. Our SECR Management Service provides a dedicated project manager who will liaise with the representatives from all the necessary departments of your organisation to ensure that all aspects of SECR reporting are delivered in line with requirements. The service delivers both the full report and the Evidence Pack, in line with the recommended ‘best practice’ in the guidance for SECR, and will be legally compliant for review by any financial auditor.
Find out how Zenergi helped The Constellation Trust manage its carbon reporting commitments by reading the case study here.
Download our SECR brief here.