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Currently a Director of 2EA®. I have 10 years experience in managing businesses & non profits. I have been in the Energy Management & Taxation sector for the last 7 years. Within this 7...

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I have summarised each piece of legislation, the participation requirements, an overview and the deadlines to help business better navigate the energy legislation landscape within the United Kingdom.


Who must participate



Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)

UK Quoted Companies or Large Unquoted Companies with two or more: 250+ Staff, £18m+ Balance sheet, £36m+ Turnover

Report UK energy use and GHG emissions in an annual report alongside end of year accounts

Filing with Companies House at the end of 2020 or 2021

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Any large UK undertaking that meets either one or both of the following conditions: it employs 250 or more people, it has an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet in excess of €43m

Gather all relevant data, draw up an audit plan, undertake audits, identify energy-saving opportunities, have your report signed off by a lead assessor & submit to the EA

Phase 2 - 5/12/2019

Phase 3 - 5/12/2023

Phase 4 - 5/12/2027

Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD)

Any organisation with combustion plants with a rated thermal input of between 1MW-50MW.

The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) regulates pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input of between 1MW-50MW.

20/12/2018 for new plants

2025 or 2030 for existing plants, depending on their size.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

Large businesses and public sector organisations such as; government departments, retailers, banks, universities, hotel chains, water companies and local authorities.


Based on the ‘Polluter Pays Principle’, CRC covers organisations whose annual half-hourly metered (HHM) electricity import/use is above 6,000 MWh (or in Northern Ireland organisations whose metered usage is above 70kVA).

Participants are required to purchase allowances corresponding to their emissions and the revenues from the allowance sales will be used to support the public finances, including spending on the environment.

CRC Emissions must be reported and allowances ordered by the 31/07/2019


Ends October 2019

Climate Change Levy (CCL) Reconciliation

Organisation operating CHP’s and participating in the CHPQA scheme

Annual reconciliation against an organisations CHPQA Certificate to be carried out as per HMRC guidance for CCL exemption relief.


Heat Meter Verification (CHP)

CHP Operators

To maintain registration under the CHPQA Programme, CHP heat meters need to be verified.

Every 2 years

Capacity Market - Voluntary

Interconnectors. Embedded Generators, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), New and Existing Generators, Electricity Storage,

Demand Side Responders (DSR),

Participants of the Capacity Market are able to bid for contracts in auctions held four years prior to the delivery date

Participants can voluntarily enter the capacity market. Bids take place for four years in advance

Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

All public buildings visited by the public larger than 250sqm

Conduct energy audits to find saving recommendations and production of an energy certificate based on actual performance

250m2 - 1,000m2 - Every 10 years

>1,000m2 - Annually

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Required for buildings being sold, rented or built

A theoretical view of a building’s projected energy performance

Every 10 years or when a building is being sold

Climate Change Agreements (CCA)

Various industrial sectors including manufacturing, data centres and cold storage

A CCA is a voluntary contractual agreement between an organisation and the Government Regulator (Environment Agency). The organisation agrees to report its energy use against a specific target.

bi-annually, although sector associations may ask for annual or more frequent submissions.

1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020

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Matt Chester on May 15, 2019

Such a useful cheat sheet-- thanks for sharing, Sebastian

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