The new CRC business energy efficiency regulations will hurt public sector organisations, experts warn.
Industry figures say that cash-strapped public sector firms will not be able to afford energy-saving initiatives needed to meet their commitment under the CRC energy efficiency scheme, reports the Telegraph.
As a result of this, public sector organisations which cannot compete with private businesses in affording government permits for their carbon emissions will drop to the bottom of the league table.
Rebecca Seabury, of energy analysts Inenco, told the Telegraph: "Money from public sector organisations that fall in the bottom half of the table will be returned to those in the top half whether they are commercial or public organisations."
She added that unless investment plans change, it is difficult to see how the public sector's energy consumption will fall significantly.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme recently attracted criticism from the Centre for Alternative Technology for allowing some companies to make massive profits with little or no reduction in carbon emissions.
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