United, top of the league

18th November 2011

Manchester United are top of the league.  Not the Premier League, as City fans will no doubt be quick to point out, but the Environment Agency’s CRC Performance League Table.

Under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (previously known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment), any public or private sector organisations using more than 6,000MWh of electricity per year are required to report on and pay for the carbon they’ve emitted.

Last week, the Environment Agency released a 2010-2011 league table showing how well each of these organisations fared against an Early Action Metric, based on their progress in installing automatic meter reading (AMR) equipment and certifying CRC emissions under the Carbon Trust Standard or an equivalent scheme.

Of the 2,789 organisations registered for the CRC, 22 came joint top with an Early Action Metric score of 100% including Government departments DECC & DFID, energy regulator OFGEM, Keele University and businesses such as British American Tobacco, Center Parcs, Johnson Wax, and Manchester’s very own Red Football Ltd (a.k.a. Manchester United).

The Greater Manchester league table sees Burnden Leisure PLC (a.k.a. Bolton Wanderers) come 2nd out of the 67 organisations in our area, followed by The Co-operative Group in 3rd and MMU in 4th. Manchester and Salford are the top-rated AGMA councils in joint 5th, with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust the best performing of our NHS trusts in 7th.  TNT look like they’re delivering the goods in 8th, with the University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Police Authority also making the top ten.

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Of the ten AGMA councils, Manchester and Salford are at the top of their game with a score of 88.5%, followed by Bolton with 65.5%, and Stockport a distant fourth with 19.5%.  Bury, Oldham and Rochdale need to get back to the training ground after failing to get into double figures, while it looks like Tameside, Trafford and Wigan haven’t even worked out which way they’re kicking yet.

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It will be interesting to see what happens next year, when the rankings will start factoring in the changes in organisations’ total emissions and emissions per unit turnover.