Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)

What is SECR?

From April 2019, Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) comes into force. It replaces the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) with a simpler reporting framework. This builds on the existing mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by UK quoted companies and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

SECR aims to ensure more businesses benefit from carbon and energy reporting. It encourages the implementation of energy efficiency measures enabling businesses to cut costs, improve productivity and reduce carbon emissions.

Companies that consume more than 40MWh of energy and meet the following criteria must comply with SECR unless they meet the defined exemption criteria:

  • The company is an LLP or Quoted UK company of any size that is obliged to report under mandatory greenhouse gas reporting regulations

  • The company is a registered and unregistered unquoted UK company that meets at least two of the following criteria:

• Employ 250 or more employees

• A turnover of £36 million or more

• A balance sheet total of at least £18 million or more

  • Large Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) who are required to prepare and file an Energy and Carbon Report

If companies fall into the above criteria but use less than 40MWh of energy, they will still need to include a statement within their report confirming that they are a low-energy user.

In the instance where there is a parent company with subsidiaries, the energy and carbon data for all entities should be included in the group-level report. A subsidiary will not need to report its own energy and carbon information if it has been included in the group-level report. However, there is an option to exclude a subsidiary from the group report if it would not be obliged to report under SECR in its own right.

All private sector organisations are encouraged to report their carbon and greenhouse gas emissions even if they fall outside of the scope for SECR.

What is included in a SECR Statement?

Your SECR statement will sit within your annual published accounts. It should include:

  • emissions from your UK utilities (natural gas, electricity, water etc.);

  • process and company-controlled transport use in kWh and tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (TCO2e);

  • at least one intensity ratio;

  • energy efficacy actions taken;

  • a robust and accepted methodology that was used to calculate the required information; the previous year's figures for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; and

  • justifications for undisclosed information and/or estimation.


It is also recommended that you set out the level of materiality.

CEn-Calc

Putting YOU in control of your own SECR statement

In addition to our SECR support service, Sustainable Footprints are also empowering businesses to take control of their own annual SECR compliance statement. CEn-Calc has been developed as an easy to use, Excel-based carbon and energy calculator. It will provide a robust, comparable data set that supporting your legal compliance and business obligations through a repeatable process. It covers scopes 1 (direct greenhouse gases), 2 (indirect energy emissions e.g. purchased electricity) and 3 (other indirect emissions e.g. business travel and waste) and, unlike other online tools, also provides you with a data certainty scoring. CEn-Calc will save time and money on consultancy fees and will enable businesses to calculate their own carbon footprint year on year (an annual update is available with the latest DEFRA conversion factors to ensure accuracy).
CEn-Calc comes with a FREE SECR Statement template to ensure you are reporting everything you need to be compliant.

To find out more and to order your CEn-Calc, please click on the link below.

Penalties

SECR fines for non-compliance have not yet been confirmed but they are expected to follow standard Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) type fines with responsibility for monitoring compliance bestowed upon the Conduct Committee of the Financial Reporting Council with the relevant reporting requirements imposed upon companies by Part 15 of the Companies Act 2006.

Companies House may not accept any accounts that do not meet the requirements of the Companies Act. The company may be liable for a civil penalty in accordance with section 453 of the Companies Act 2006 (which is in addition to any action taken against directors under section 451 of the Act).

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SECR deadlines:

YEAR END - DECEMBER: Deadline is 30 September

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YEAR END - MARCH: Deadline is 31 DECEMBER

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