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Ignore Environmental Law At Your Peril

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this article is correct at the time of publication, please contact DFA Law for current advice on older articles.

With times being tough, complying with environmental law relating to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme may be near the bottom of the ‘to do’ list for many businesses, but the consequences of non-compliance can be expensive indeed.

The scheme affects larger public and private sector employers and requires the recording and monitoring of carbon dioxide emissions.

A system of penalties for non-compliance is in effect and the first fines have now been levied against four companies found to have failed to comply with their reporting requirements under the scheme.

The average fine was just less than £25,000 and the largest fine was £41,000 (which represented fines of £20,500 each for failure to make two required reports).

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 can be found at

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/768/contents/made.

 

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