Manchester United Top of CRC League Table

MANCHESTER United Football Club is back on top, well at least joint top of a new energy efficiency league table under the UK Government's new flagship Carbon Reduction Commitment programme.

The current Premier League champions share top spot with 20 other companies and organisations, including Center Parcs, UBS UK Properties, British American Tobacco and several governmental departments - inevitably including the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

The table published by the UK’s Environment Agency (EA) faced a problem this morning as the web site crashed due to being swamped with traffic, but they eventually released the information via a spreadsheet download.

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 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."

The data will form a baseline for future league tables, which will also show overall CO2 emissions, annual emissions savings and progress on energy efficiency.

This years table shows that over 60 percent of UK organisations have taken action by installing energy monitoring, management and metering, leading to a certificate for ‘good energy management’ from a UK accreditation scheme.

Picture of Old Trafford home of Manchester United © Copyright Garry Smales and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Tuesday 8th November 2011

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