Last edited 21 Apr 2021

Carbon emissions reduction target CERT


[edit] Overview

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme ran between April 2008 and December 2012 following the Energy Efficiency Commitment 2005-2008. CERT placed a five year commitment on certain electricity and gas suppliers to reduce the carbon emissions within domestic properties.

The main aim of CERT was to contribute to the UK’s commitment to cut greenhouse gases by 12.5% by 2008-2012 under the Kyoto Protocol and Climate Change Act 2008. The overall target was for suppliers to achieve a saving of 293 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide (Mt CO2) by 31 December 2012. By the end of CERT in December 2012, energy companies had achieved a saving of 296.9 Mt CO2 (Ofgem, 2013).

The CERT scheme was followed by The Gas and Electricity (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 (the ECO).

[edit] Background

CERT was implemented by the Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008. Suppliers had to demonstrate that carbon dioxide (CO2) saving measures were being achieved through householders implementing energy efficiency measures.

The energy companies that were obliged to meet the reduction target were:

In addition to the carbon reduction target, the energy companies were required to meet the following three targets:

[edit] Delivery

Ofgem regulated the progress of CERT and reported that 3.9 million homes received professionally-installed loft insulation and 2.6 million households received cavity wall insulation. Other measures implemented included:

[edit] Scheme outcome

By end of the scheme in December 2012, the energy suppliers had achieved the following (Ref Ofgem, 2013):

The majority of carbon saving was achieved through the installation of insulation measures (41%), with lighting measures accounting for 17.3%. Heating savings contributed 10%, appliances 5.9% and the remainder was split between microgeneration and CHP, behavioural measures and demonstration actions.

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