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Case Study: The Guardian

A £45,000 reduction in Climate Change Levy payments is big news for The Guardian.

Case Study

Guardian News & Media (GNM) produces print and online editions of The Guardian and The Observer


What do you do when one of your divisions demonstrates a proven ability to save energy and reduce costs? You take the lessons learned nationwide.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) produces print and online editions of The Guardian and The Observer. Like all other large public and private sector organisations, GNM is bound by the provisions of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Yet GNM sees its sustainability and energy efficiency as more than a process to be managed. It is also a reflection of journalistic trust.

The Challenge

  • Replicate CRC benefits enjoyed in Manchester at London facility

The Solution

  • Assume management of London facility’s climate change agreement
  • Implement technical changes to reduce energy and save money

The Benefits

  • Reduced climate change levy payments of £45,000 per annum at GNM facilities
  • Avoided total CRC charges of over £64,000 at London and Manchester printworks

£64K total CRC charges avoided


The mandatory CRC scheme aims to encourage organisations to develop better energy management
strategies. Those who make the greatest strides in meeting their obligations benefit through reduced operational costs, trading carbon savings for-profit and avoiding punitive charges.

A decade of savings

GNM has long been committed to reducing its energy usage and contributing to a sustainable future. Its Manchester print facility began working with Trident Utilities in 2004. Since then we’ve managed the climate change agreement that currently allows the facility to claim a climate change levy rebate of almost £20,000 a year. Having this agreement in place means the site also avoids CRC charges of around £30,000 per annum.

London calling

Having seen the long-term benefits being enjoyed by Manchester, GNM’s London print facility started to work with Trident. We began with a TM44 mandatory air conditioning inspection and we took over management of its climate change agreement (CCA).

It had been some years since the London facility had enjoyed the benefits of applying the CCA. We were successful in getting the CCA reapplied – a move worth around £25,000 a year in reduced levy payments and over £34,000 per annum in avoided CRC charges.

Setting the standard

Trident Utilities has now been named GNM’s preferred energy broker. For an organisation intent on being a leader on sustainability in the media sector, it’s a move that ensures The Guardian will remain a standard setter in more than news.

What The Guardian thinks

If we are to have integrity in what we write, we need to be able to demonstrate that we meet the standards we set others and ourselves.

GNM’s sustainability strategy - The Guardian

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