Thursday, 23 September 2010

Environment Agency promises to spare diligent firms from CRC fines

The government has confirmed it will not impose large fines on organisations
that miss the looming registration deadline for the Carbon Reduction
Commitment (CRC) - but only if they
get in touch with the Environment Agency within the next few days.

A spokeswoman for the agency told that any firm which
makes contact with the department before the 30 September deadline will not
be penalised, even if they fail to hand in their completed registration
forms before the end of the month.

"We're not going to go out and start fining people left, right and centre,"
she said. "The whole aim of this is to help firms measure and cut their
emissions, not to collect funds. If they have made a genuine effort to fill
in the forms and they have got in contact, they should not be worried about
enforcement action."

However, she warned that financial sanctions would be imposed on firms and
organisations which fail to make contact with the agency.

She also revealed the department is preparing a document to submit to the
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) detailing the problems
encountered by organisations preparing for the CRC.

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