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The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a mandatory emissions trading scheme that aims to deliver energy (and carbon) savings in large, non energy intensive organisations.  It is enabled via the Climate Change Act which became law in November 2008.  The scheme is expected to come into force on 1 April 2010 and to run on financial years (i.e. April to March). 

Based on current proposals, all organisations with total annual electricity use through half-hourly meters (HHM) in GB and 70kVA systems in NI in excess of 6,000MWh could be captured by the scheme.  The types of organisation being targeted include supermarkets, hotel chains, large offices and small industrial facilities in the private sector plus local authorities (including state-funded schools within a local authority portfolio in GB), all central government departments, hospitals and universities in the public sector.


Why should you attend?

  • Understand the essential rules of the Carbon Reduction Commitment
  • Gain the information necessary to ensure that your organisation is in compliance
  • Learn about a range of ways to improve your CRC league table performance
  • Gain an understanding of the financial implications of the scheme for your organisation
  • Discuss the experience of other organisations also captured by the scheme
  • High level of contact with expert speaker

Who should attend this course?
Individuals  in the public or private sector that think their organisation might be covered by the CRC and that want to know what they should do to comply with it.  This could include individuals responsible for energy, sustainability/ CSR, budgeting, policy compliance and climate change strategies.

About your masterclass leaders:

Caroline Doble, Consulting Group Manager Climate Change and Renewables, Enviros Consulting
John Fifer, Director, Climate Change and Renewables, Enviros Consulting
Ruth Whittington, Consultant, Climate Change and Renewables, Enviros Consulting

Caroline Doble is a Consulting Group Manager in the Climate Change and Renewables team at Enviros Consulting.  She has managed projects to review stakeholder responses to two consultations on the design of the Carbon Reduction Commitment and has researched details of the scheme’s implementation (on behalf of Defra).  Caroline works with organisations in the public and private sectors to understand the implications of the scheme for them.  Projects range from helping establish whether an organisation is covered, to calculating their emissions coverage, the cost implications and the steps necessary to achieve compliance.

John Fifer is a Director within the Climate Change and Renewables team at Enviros Consulting.  John’s current work focuses on leading energy and environmental management programmes within energy intensive industry sectors, with a particular emphasis on the development of internal knowledge capital, the diffusion of ideas and change management.  This work involves strategic analysis with boards of directors, the development of practical performance management systems, training of management teams and technical audits of actual practices on site.  He is helping clients understand how such activities can help develop and implement CRC compliance strategies.

Ruth Whittington is a Consultant in the Climate Change and Renewables team at Enviros Consulting.  Prior to joining Enviros, Ruth worked at Defra as a policy advisor on the Carbon Reduction Commitment and so has a good understanding of the implications of the scheme.  She has project managed a project for Defra to review the impact of the scheme on one particular sector and has also helped a range of companies to understand what the scheme means for them.  Ruth was one of Enviros’ team of readers that reviewed stakeholder responses to the Government consultation on the implementation of the CRC.

About Enviros Consulting:

Enviros Consulting has more than 30 years' experience in helping organisations achieve competitive advantage through improved environmental, social and health & safety performance.  Our vision is to help our clients do business today and have the world they want tomorrow.  With over 500 people worldwide, and as a founder member of the CAT Alliance with operations in over 50 countries, we have the capability and experience to advise our clients globally.  Enviros Consulting was voted the No. 1 brand in environmental consultancy by clients and industry professionals in the ENDS consultancy survey 2007.  Further information can be found on our website www.enviros.com.


Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introduction to UK carbon policy and where the CRC fits in

9:30 The CRC: who is covered and how it will work

10:00 The actions captured organisations need to take

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Financial implications for organisations covered by the scheme

11:30 Understanding the league table and improving performance

12:15 Next steps to prepare for the CRC

12:30 Close of Masterclass


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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