London -- The UK plastics and rubber sector emits around 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, according to the UK's Environment Agency, which adds that plastics processing mainly uses electricity to form its products, while rubber processing uses large amounts of gas oil, fuel oil and natural gas to create steam to cure rubber products.
The plastics industry one of the top ten sectors that will be affected by the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme when it starts in April. (CRC stands for 'cut carbon reduce costs').
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a new UK government initiative aimed at cutting carbon emissions from large public and private sector organisations.
The Environment Agency points out that, "All organisations that had at least one half-hourly electricity meter during 2008 must register for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme between April and September this year."
Those that used at least 6000MWh of electricity per year through these meters (equivalent to about £500,000 worth) will need to buy and sell allowances to cover their emissions.
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