new network will help councils adjust to start of carbon trading


A new network designed to help councils and other public bodies deal with the complexities of the government’s new compulsory carbon trading scheme has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Carbon trading is a key part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. It requires all public sector bodies to register with the Environment Agency and prepare for carbon trading which will begin in 2011.

The CIPFA Carbon Finance Network provides the crucial advice and support that will enable organisations to cope with the complexities of the CRC Scheme, especially in the first year.

In addition to expert support, the Network will run a series of events covering guidance on key issues and the sharing of best practice.

7,760 businesses and public sector organisations have already registered with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme requirements.

The Carbon Finance Network will support public sector organisations to:

  • Minimise the risk of non-compliance and financial penalties.
  • Keep up to date with practical examples, real experience, latest case studies and reports.
  • Discuss other carbon finance issues including the Climate Change Act 2008 and the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan.
  • Promote and share good practice, discuss topical issues and commission expert training and guidance.
  • Receive specialist help from expert problem solvers in sustainability.

Members will receive:

  • Email or phone access for everyone in your organisation to a dedicated carbon finance technical advisor.
  • Regional events aimed at practitioners.
  • A website dedicated to information and resources on carbon finance, including discussion forums.
  • Regular news updates via email.
  • Networking opportunities with other practitioners.
  • Toolkits developed with key sustainability partners.
  • In-house training with partners.
  • Rhiannon Soper, CIPFA’s Carbon Finance Adviser said:

‘The CIPFA Carbon Finance Network provides public bodies with the necessary support to cope with the highly complex duties, requirements and financial risks that the introduction of carbon trading will bring.’


Contact: Guy Roberts/ Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes

CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 5712/5645/5787
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Notes to Editors:

For further information or to join the CIPFA Carbon Finance Network, please contact Julie LeMasurier on 020 8667 8581, e-mail


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.