Carbon Emission Reduction Target

The Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) in the United Kingdom (formerly the Energy Efficiency Commitment) is a target imposed on the gas and electricity transporters and suppliers under Section 33BC of the Gas Act 1986 and Section 41A of the Electricity Act 1989, as modified by the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006[1]

The original Energy Efficiency Commitment 1 (2002–2005) program required that all electricity and gas suppliers with 15,000 or more domestic customers must achieve a combined energy saving of 62 TWh by 2005 by assisting their customers to take energy-efficiency measures in their homes: suppliers had to achieve at least half of their energy savings in households on income-related benefits and tax credits.

In the second phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (2005–2008) scheme, energy saving targets were raised to 130 TWh suppliers, and here suppliers with at least 50,000 domestic customers (including affiliated licenses) were eligible for an obligation.

The third phase of CERT (previously known as Energy Efficiency Commitment 3) originally ran from 2008 to 2011 and increased the previous targets to 154 MtC. A consultation document was published alongside the 2007 Energy White Paper, and responses were invited by 15 August 2007. The new scheme is regulated by Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/188). In 2009 the UK Government increased the emission reduction target by a further 20% to 185 MtC. In 2010 the Government increased the target to 293 MtC, to be achieved over an extended period running until the end of 2012 (see The Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) (Amendment) Order 2010: S.I.2010/1958).

From 2013 CERT will be superseded by the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

See also


  1. ^ Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 Archived 25 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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British Energy Efficiency Federation

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Carbon governance in England

The reduction of carbon emissions, along with other greenhouse gases (GHGs), has become a vitally important task of international, national and local actors. If we understand governance as the creation of “conditions for ordered rule and collective action” then, given the fact that the reduction of carbon emissions will require concerted collective action, it follows that the governance of carbon will be of paramount concern. We have seen numerous international conferences over the past 20 years tasked with finding a way of facilitating this, and while international agreements have been infamously difficult to reach, action at the national level has been much more effective. In the UK, the Climate Change Act 2008 committed the government to meeting significant carbon reduction targets. In England, these carbon emissions are governed using numerous different instruments, which involve a variety of actors. While it has been argued by authors like Rhodes that there has been a “hollowing out” of the nation state, and that governments have lost their capabilities to govern to a variety of non-state actors and the European Union, the case of carbon governance in England actually runs counter to this. The government body responsible for the task, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is the “main external dynamic” behind governing actions in this area, and “rather than hollowing out (there has actually been a strengthening of) central co-ordination”. The department may rely on other bodies to deliver its desired outcomes, but it is still ultimately responsible for the imposition of the rules and regulations that “steer (carbon) governmental action at the national level”. It is therefore evident that carbon governance in England is hierarchical in nature, in that “legislative decisions and executive decisions” are the main dynamic behind carbon governance action. This does not deny the existence of a network of bodies around DECC who are part of the process, but they are supplementary actors who are steered by central decisions. This article focuses on carbon governance in England as the other countries of the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) all have devolved assemblies who are responsible for the governance of carbon emissions in their respective countries.


Cert or CERT may refer to:

Certificate (disambiguation), several meanings

Certiorari, a Latin legal term for a court order requiring judicial review of a case

Certiorari before judgment, a specific form of a writ of certiorari

Cert pool, shorthand term for the pool of applicants for a writ of certiorari from the United States Supreme Court

Carbon Emission Reduction Target, a United Kingdom government initiative

Correctional Emergency Response Team, a team of correction officers

Council of Energy Resource Tribes, a consortium of tribes to establish tribal control over natural resources

Council of Education, Recruitment and Training Irish hospitality training authority 1963–2003

Computer emergency response team, an expert group that handles computer security incidents

CERT Coordination Center, the worldwide center for coordinating information about Internet security at Carnegie Mellon University, the first and most well-known CERT

CERT C Coding Standard, developed by the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

CERT Group of Companies, a private education provider in the Middle East

Community emergency response team, teams of volunteer emergency responders across the United States

Constant extension rate tensile testing, a standard method of testing of materials, also known as slow strain rate testing

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Energy Company Obligation

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The Government obligates the larger energy suppliers to help lower-income households improve their energy efficiency.Eco is the replacement of two previous schemes, the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). It has been announced that the program will be replaced in 2017 by a less extensive version.The program focused on heating, in particular improving insulation.

Energy Institute

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Energy Retail Association

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Samantha Heath

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Prior to joining LSx, Heath was Sustainability Manager for Future London, the capital’s regeneration centre of excellence. From May 2000 until 2004, she was a London-wide London Assembly Member, where her roles included Deputy Chair of the London Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Environment Committee. In 2003, she was the Mayor’s representative on the Energy Taskforce - part of the London Sustainable Development Commission, and responsible for setting a carbon emission reduction target for London. In 2004, she became chair of the DTI / GLA London Renewables group. As lead member for the Mayor on London Waste Action, the precursor to the London Waste & Recycling Board, she facilitated funding for London’s waste awareness campaign.

She wrote for various publications and spoke at numerous conferences and seminars on: community empowerment, lifestyle change, social marketing, air quality, energy, waste and other issues. For ten years, she was a National Executive Member of SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign.Heath trained as a Civil Engineer at Heriot Watt and worked for many years in the construction industry. She was a lecturer in design and construction management at the University of Greenwich until May 2000. For eight years from May 1994 until she stood down in May 2002, Heath was a Wandsworth Labour PartyCouncillor, representing the Latchmere Ward in Battersea. She served on the Education, Housing and Environment committees 1994-2002, and was the lead member for the Labour Party on housing in London Borough of Wandsworth up until the May 2000 election for the GLA.

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In 2014 UK Power Networks was awarded £25 million from the electricity regulator Ofgem's Low Carbon Networks Fund for the Low Carbon London project. In 2011 it was awarded £6.7 million by Ofgem for another project, Flexible Plug and Play, which is researching new ways, technical and commercial, to connect renewable energy to the distribution network in Cambridgeshire.

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