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Carbon reduction commitment — an update on the latest developments and issues

There was little mention made in the autumn statement of the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) scheme, but the government did announce that it would introduce a climate change agreement (CCA) for the data centre sector by the end of 2013.

TechUK (the UK trade association for the ICT industry, formerly known as Intellect), of which Wragge & Co is a member, has been collating data on the energy intensity of data centre operators and lobbying the Department of Energy & Climate Change for the introduction of a CCA for data centre operators in the UK for the last few years.

CCAs are part of the package of government measures designed to deal with climate change, which also includes the CRC scheme and the Climate Change Levy. The CCA scheme has been operating since early 2000, and data centres will now be included in the scheme together with other energy-intensive sectors (traditionally manufacturing)…

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