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CEMARS carbon standard awarded to CE Electric UK

CE Electric UK has been awarded the international CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) certification standard. This award recognises CE Electric UK’s measurement of carbon emissions across the organisation and credible emissions reductions achieved over the last three years.

Working through the CEMARS certification process, CE Electric UK has measured and reported its greenhouse gas emissions to the international standard, ISO14064-1, for quantifying and reporting an organisation’s carbon footprint.

As a result, it is able to demonstrate a 5% reduction in emissions in 2010. As well as working with their supply chain and customers to cut down on energy use, CE Electric UK is targeting a further 5% reduction in emissions from their operations for 2011 (excluding network electricity losses).

Jon Bird, Head of Sustainability at CE Electric UK (pictured) said: “Through the CEMARS certification process we have enhanced our measuring and reporting processes. By identifying areas of high emissions where we can focus our reduction activities, we have ultimately created a more efficient system and method for reporting carbon emissions.

“We are constantly exploring ways to enable our domestic customers and our own organisation to reduce carbon emissions. Our Customer-Led Network Revolution project, the largest smart grid project in the country, is seeking to discover ways to help households who install photovoltaic solar panels, heat pumps, and more sophisticated forms of energy efficiency, reduce their energy bills.

“In our own facilities, we have installed energy-management systems at seven of our larger sites to reduce energy usage, which has helped decrease our carbon footprint. We hope to continue this success throughout the year.

“By demonstrating our commitment to credible measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and achieving CEMARS certification, we hope to encourage our supply chain and peer group to follow suit. Working in collaboration to reduce emissions is the only way that the UK will meet national greenhouse gas reduction targets”.

Lucy d’Arville, Director of the carbonReduction programme at Achilles, adds: “CE Electric UK is a prime example of the trend we are seeing from utility companies tackling carbon reduction and certification. Organisations want to start accurately measuring and reporting their carbon emissions in order to identify areas of improvement and create a more efficient process for carbon reporting. Companies working to achieve CEMARS certification have understood the benefits of establishing a carbon reporting and certification process now, ensuring they are prepared for future regulation."

CE Electric UK joins Anglian Water, Scottish and Southern Energy, South West Water and United Utilities in the Utilities industry, as well as a further seventy-five organisations across other sectors in the UK, who have achieved CEMARS certification.

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