Energy Saving Trust
Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation funded mostly by the British Government in order to help fight climate change by promoting the sustainable use of energy, energy conservation and to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom.
- 1 Background
- 2 Funding
- 3 Membership
- 4 Activities
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Energy Saving Trust is a UK-based organisation, focused on promoting action that leads to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions - a key contributor to man-made climate change. It was set up in 1993 and is structured as a company limited by guarantee.
The trust provides free, impartial advice and information for people across the UK looking to save and/or generate energy, reduce their energy bills and use water more efficiently. It also works with like-minded organisations and groups who wish to tackle climate change, both in the public and private sector.
The trust has teams based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, whilst in England there is a regional structure. This approach allows it to deliver UK-wide programmes on a country and regional basis, as well as country-specific programmes in each of the individual nations in the UK. It also enables the trust to offer people help tailored to their home type, circumstances and household budget.
Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation funded 92% by the British Government. In 2011-2012 the total funding was £58 million, from the following sources:
- 49% Department of Energy and Climate Change
- 34% Scottish Government
- 6% Department for Transport
- 3% Welsh Government
- 8% Other
On 13 July 2011 it was decided to move the company to a single member organisation. On 3 October 2011, Energy Saving Trust Foundation became the sole member, replacing a mixture of government ministers and power companies.
Consumer advice and action
The Energy Saving Trust work with consumers by providing them with practical advice and support through their website and via local advice centres.
Product labelling and certification
Energy Saving Trust Recommended is the Trust's product labelling scheme for the most energy effciency products on the UK market. The label can be found on 32 different types of products across insulation, glazing, home electronics, heating, home appliances, lighting and IT sectors. When you see the label on products you can be sure that it will save you energy thanks to the strict performance standards, set by the Energy Saving Trust and industry experts, that it has met.
The Energy Saving Trust work in collaboration with commercial organisations that show a genuine commitment to reducing the UK's carbon emissions in the domestic sector by helping them engage their customers and employees to save energy, conserve water and reduce / recycle waste.
Housing and building professionals
The Energy Saving Trust provide technical guidance to help UK housing professionals design, build and refurbish to high levels of energy efficiency
The Energy Saving Trust offer a range of advice, support and services designed specifically to help local authorities and housing associations meet their obligations under the new carbon dioxide emissions performance indicator.
The Energy Saving Trust - through their Green Communities programme - supports, facilitates and promote community based energy projects. They also provide advice through their network of advice centres which provide direct support to communities to make things happen on the ground
The Energy Saving trust operates a transport advice programme, available to organisations in England and Scotland, and offers solutions to help reduce costs and improve the environmental performance of car and van fleets.
The Energy Saving Trust provides independent evidence-based strategic analysis around the areas of:
- Household energy efficiency
- Low-carbon transport
- Mass market renewables and micro generation
They respond to consultations from UK Government including the devolved administrations, parliamentary select committees, the European Commission, regulators and other agencies. The Energy Saving Trust also undertakes major research to inform their strategic positions.
Evaluation and accreditation
The Energy Saving Trust manages robust accreditation services such as the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo, which is now widely recognised and used as a mark on energy efficient appliances.
As well as evaluating the impacts of their own programmes, the Energy Saving Trust provides evaluation expertise to others.
- Conservation movement
- Ecology movement
- Energy use and conservation in the United Kingdom
- Energy policy of the United Kingdom
- Environmental movement
- List of environmental organizations
- Sustainable development