Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting requires the companies that qualify to report on their UK energy use, and the associated greenhouse gas emissions produced. To ensure that your business has the necessary data available to it once it is time to produce your SECR report, there are a few common mistakes to be avoided.
SECR stands for Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting, and is a mandatory UK government framework that replaced the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme in April 2019. It was introduced by the government to simplify carbon and greenhouse gas reporting, reducing the administrative burden for companies.
Companies that meet the eligibility criteria for SECR must submit a report in their Directors’ Report. SECR applies for financial years beginning on or after 1st April 2019. The qualification criteria are detailed below:
Those companies that qualify for SECR will need to report on their UK energy use, and the associated greenhouse gas emissions produced. These typically cover gas and electric usage in buildings owned and/or operated by the company, and transport associated with the operations of the company.
Exactly what you are required to report on differs depending on the type of company.
Whilst mistakes do happen, minimising these and preventing purposeful ‘mistakes’ ensures that the SECR report for your organisation is a useful tool to keep track of your environmental impacts. Doing it right ensures any measures your organisation takes to mitigate these impacts are accurately reflected year-on-year, demonstrating to employees and the public alike your green credentials.
Article published 14/04/22