What is SECR? – Everything you need to know

Find out all about SECR, spanning who needs to report, what needs to be reported, the benefits of doing so and what happens if you don’t comply.

At Ignite, we are experts in energy compliance and making sure that compliance is more than just a box-ticking exercise. Working with our team, SECR compliance is a catalyst for transformational change in your business.

In this SECR guide, we set out all you need to know about Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting and kickstart the process of your organisation becoming SECR compliant.

Ignite provides full SECR compliance services with a highly experienced team.


Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is a mandatory carbon and energy consumption reporting framework. SECR legislation was implemented on 1st April 2019 with the aim to streamline and simplify reporting around energy and carbon emissions for large UK businesses. It broadened the scope for compliance, meaning more businesses needed to comply with the legislation.

SECR builds on – but does not replace – requirements that businesses may face including the mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting for quoted companies, the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), Climate Change Agreements (CCA) Scheme, and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

SECR can help businesses to focus on energy efficiency because reporting highlights consumption and opportunities for reductions. SECR compliance requires businesses to report on actions taken in previous years which should highlight and contrast on any progress made.

Who needs to report on SECR?

SECR applies to all UK Quoted companies (those whose shares are listed on the stock exchange)  and UK registered businesses that meet two or more of the following criteria in the financial year that they are reporting in:

  • More than 250 employees
  • £36m or more turnover
  • Balance sheet total of more than £18m

Public sector organisations are exempt from SECR, and private companies that can provide evidence that they use less than 40,000kWh in a year will not be required to comply. If you are a small business with only a few properties you are probably exempt from the SECR.

What needs to be reported for SECR?

All qualifying UK businesses need to report global scope 1 and 2 emissions, energy consumption and an intensity metric that quantifies energy consumption in a way that is relevant to your business such as –

  • kWh per m2 of floor area
  • kWh per £ of sales
  • kWh per employee
  • kWh per site
  • kWh against level occupancy (e.g.hotel/accommodation)
  • kWh against units of product produced

This information needs to be included in your annual Accounts and Directors Report along with what energy efficiency actions you have taken over the previous year.

What is the SECR deadline?

Your next SECR report will be required when your financial year ends. For many businesses, the SECR deadline will be 31st March 2022 or 31st December 2022 depending on your financial year.


Failure to comply with SECR regulations could incur financial penalties for your business.

The Conduct Committee of the Financial Reporting Council is responsible for checking compliance of the SECR information provided. If you do not report or your SECR report does not meet the requirements, the report may be rejected, and a penalty applied for late compliance.

What are the benefits of SECR?

SECR compliance should be viewed as much more than just a mandatory reporting requirement. At Ignite, we have seen the many advantages for businesses that are actively SECR compliant. Let us help you to make the most of SECR and what compliance can offer you.


SECR compliance provides opportunities for your organisation to collect and learn from your energy usage data with the help of our experts. With a well-thought-out strategy for managing your energy usage, businesses can save millions. This is particularly true if your business has multiple sites across its portfolio. Gathering intelligence around energy consumption is a vital first step in creating such a strategy.

“The UK government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulation has the potential to raise the importance of energy management and carbon savings in the Boardroom. SECR has not been on many companies’ radar yet, however large companies will be unable to file their company accounts without the SECR report, which will certainly make it a priority going forward.”

Lord Redesdale – CEO – The EMA

The data that is gathered can highlight lots of different areas of energy saving for a business. This intelligence can enable a business to make informed, data-driven decisions on how to manage energy across their portfolio of sites and work towards achieving net zero status.

At Ignite, we identify opportunities for large multi-site energy efficiency projects that have a real impact on your carbon emissions and bottom line.


With our end-to-end management we are always looking to the future and being proactive. Once SECR reporting requirements have been met, we look at the bigger picture and a wider net zero strategy. We aim to help you cut costs, improve energy efficiency and become a more sustainable company.

We have helped businesses to turn SECR compliance into an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and have delivered millions of pounds in savings off the back of our customer’s reporting obligations.

For more information regarding SECR compliance and how we can help, talk to us today on 0333 023 2222 or email us at enquiries@igniteenergy.co.uk


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