Do low energy users need to report under SECR?
The government’s new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework affects over 11,000 organisations in the UK. But if a qualifying organisation is classed as a low energy user it is not required to make the detailed disclosures of energy and carbon information like other companies.
Instead, such an organisation is required to state, in its reporting, that its energy and carbon information is not disclosed for that very reason.
These are the businesses that are classified as low energy users:
a) A quoted company preparing a Directors’ Report which has consumed 40MWh or less during the period in respect of which the report is prepared. If the quoted company is preparing a group Directors’ report, the assessment is of the energy consumption of the parent and its subsidiaries which are included in the consolidation and are quoted companies, unquoted companies or LLPs.
b) Unquoted companies or LLPs preparing a Directors’ Report or Energy and Carbon Report which have consumed 40MWh or less in the UK during the period in respect of which the report is prepared. If the company or LLP is preparing a group report, the assessment is of the energy consumption of the parent and its subsidiaries as above.
Action is still required
It’s important to note that if you are low energy user, you still need to state in your relevant report that your energy and carbon information is not disclosed for that reason, and file this with Companies House.
Exclusion is self-certification so if you need advice on how to get it right, get in touch.