Are there any exemptions from SECR?

Yes, several.

If your organisation qualifies as a “low energy user” by consuming 40MWh or less during the relevant financial year, you are not required to provide all of the detailed information required by SECR. But you still need to make it clear to Companies House why you’re exempt, either in your Energy and Carbon Report or your Directors’ Report. (See our blogpost: Do low energy users need to report under SECR? for more information.)

You may also apply for an exemption on the grounds that your company’s energy and carbon information is commercially sensitive, but this only applies in truly exceptional circumstances.

It is also possible to leave out certain energy and carbon information from your company’s report if it is truly impractical to obtain, but you’ll need to explain what you’re leaving out and why it isn’t possible to include it.

Check out the rest of our articles and FAQs on SECR.