Carbon Reduction Planning – Everything You Need to Know

Back in 2019, the UK announced that it had become the first major economy to welcome a legal commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Carbon Reduction Plans determine whether a business meets the requirements, detailing emissions across a year, to aid suppliers and customers with identifying the impact of a project.

What is a Carbon Reduction Plan?

Carbon Reduction Plans (CRPs) identify what effect your business and project will have on the environment, helping suppliers and customers understand the impact of the contract. They provide details of the environmental management measures in place. 

Carbon Reduction Plans must be provided by suppliers when responding to in-scope acquisitions and, once submitted, businesses will either pass or fail.

What is Included in a Carbon Reduction Plan?

CRPs serve to detail your business’ emissions across a year against a range of emission sources, carbon footprints and greenhouse gases. 

Also included in Carbon Reduction Plans are:

  • Declaration of commitment to achieving Net Zero in UK operations by 2050
  • Current emissions
  • Environmental management and decarbonisation measures in effect
  • Emissions reporting in C02e for six greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride, nitrogen trifluoride
  • Carbon Reduction Projects that have been completed in the past and plans for the future

Once your Carbon Reduction Plan is implemented, you must get this approved by your board of directors and publish it on your website.

Are Carbon Reduction Plans Essential?

Currently, CRPs are mandatory for major contracts or projects over £5 million. However, this threshold could be lowered in the future.

Help with Carbon Reduction Plans

Achieving net zero emissions is a long-term project that will require yearly reductions. Now is the time to implement your Carbon Reduction Plan. Here at 2EA, we offer management and maintenance of carbon reduction plans for businesses and offer carbon reduction plan guidance. Get in touch now to find out more.

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