450  Energy use and climate change


The links between climate change and waste management  

DEFRA published a document in July 2005 making the links between climate change and waste management.  www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/wip/newtech/pdf/ClimateChange3.pdf

Fuelled by a new energy 
Four London boroughs - Brent, Merton, Barking and Dagenham and Southwark - have taken up the mayor's challenge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In a scheme announced last month, four Energy Action Areas (EAAs) will pilot renewable energy and expect to make carbon savings of 40-60%. If they are judged successful, the models will be rolled out across the whole of London.
To find out more on this story, visit http://society.guardian.co.uk

Managers urged to make the office green   27 April 2005  from Energy Saving Trust

Office managers looking to make their workplace greener are being advised to draw up a comprehensive strategy, establishing sustainable practices in the workplace.  Busy managers are recommended to introduce simple steps such as assessing energy needs or ordering recycled paper.  Businesses committed to green policies could look at office energy consumption, purchasing, recycling waste, transport and how to encourage people to adopt green policies, the Guardian reports.

For advice on creating a green office plan and the opportunity to conduct an online audit, firms can visit the Friends of the Earth (Scotland) website at www.green-office.org.uk .  Nicola Baird, author of Save Cash and Save the Planet, recommends: "If you drive to work, try leaving your car at home one day a week and cycling, walking or catching the bus. Research has shown that regular cyclists have a fitness of someone ten years younger."

Firms can also produce their own energy by installing renewable energy technologies, such as ground source heat pumps, solar panels or mini-wind turbines.  The Carbon Trust estimates that 80 per cent of global warming is caused by carbon dioxide, so using renewable energy, such as solar or wind power can reduce carbon emissions.
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General information

The UK puts 500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere every year.  These are emitted through generating electricity, transport, heating and hot water for industry and households, things we make and buy, the food we eat and things we throw away.  On average all these activities add up to 9 tonnes of CO2 every year for each man, women and child.

What finally nailed it for me was hearing just one too many people 
in the media disputing climate change.  Friends of the Earth - the 3% cut (a year) of carbon 
emissions.  To me, that was the first piece of sense I'd read about the whole thing for ages. 

Thom Yorke, Radiohead

Energy consumption statistics (1996) show that on behalf of every man, woman and child, energy is being continuously consumed which would run a five horsepower engine, or power four single bar electric fires.  Most electricity is generated by power stations using fossil deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas, which are being consumed about one million times faster than they were laid down by plants and animals which died and were buried millions of years ago, effectively as stored solar energy.  Gas reserves local to the UK are nearly gone, and many question the wisdom of importing it from far away through politically volatile areas.  We have become over-dependent upon the rapid and polluting use of finite fossil fuels - we are now at a time described as 'peak oil'.  

The remainder of our energy - about five per cent - is nuclear generated.  Nuclear power leaves a highly dangerous legacy thousands of years into the future, is not financially viable, is vulnerable to human error (eg Chernobyl, Three Mile Island), terrorism or natural forces, and requires regular inputs of public funding indefinitely to contain risk.  It takes ten years to build a nuclear power station - but the greenhouse effect is leading to climate change at a rate not seen since humans have populated the planet, and needs tackling now. 

A rapidly growing amount of energy is being generated from hydro, wind, solar, wave and other renewable resources, which harness the natural energy from the sun and carry none of these risks.  But it is still a small percentage - renewable energy contributes less than 5% of the UK's energy demands - most from hydro-electric plants.  However, renewables have the potential to supply 100% of our energy, pollution-free.  At the same time we must all be conscious that sea levels are rising, ice sheets are melting, and the climate is becoming less predictable.  We must learn to use energy more wisely and save ourselves both financial and environmental costs by reducing our wasteful levels of consumption.

ROC's - UK's Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme 

The Government has introduced an incentive mechanism, the Renewables Obligation (RO), which results in a premium paid for renewable electricity generation.  Each renewable generator issues ROC's, which are sold to electricity supply companies so that they can meet their obligation for the proportion of supplied electricity generated from renewable sources.  The obligation increases annually in line with the Government’s target for UK to generate 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010, increasing to 15% by 2015, and 20% by 2020. "Currently renewables represent around 3% of electricity generation so the targets will be very challenging to meet" (EPR website).

Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)

The UK Government's Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 requires councils to have a strategy which includes energy efficiency schemes such as insulation and efficient heating systems.  Targets under this Act should lead to a 30% improvement in energy efficiency by 2010, and to be on track, a 12% improvement by April 2002.  72% of councils are NOT on track to meet the 2010 target.  

Local authorities have responsibility under HECA to promote energy efficiency and report to Government yearly on improvements.  Each local authority has an officer responsible for HECA activity.  

Under Part L of the New Building regulations energy efficient lamps will be required in all new buildings including domestic dwellings. Architects, Specifiers, Builders, Electrical Installers and Housing Authorities are invited to contact manufacturers listed on Lighting Association website www.lightingassociation.com .  Lighting Association subsidises manufacturers of Energy Efficient lamps £5 per lamp, so they retail at the same price as conventional (GLS) lamps.

With increased population, and increased use of electronic gadgetry, current energy habits  represent the ultimate unsustainable scenario.  We are using vast amounts of finite fossil fuels to heat the sky via our houses and road transport.  Yet oil exploration continues with little sign of abating.  Not only is there the question of exhaustion of supplies, but the burning of fossil carbon transfers into the atmosphere enormous quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2), the single most serious contributor to the greenhouse effect, causing climate change and increasingly unstable weather conditions.  It also damages the ozone layer, leading to increased skin cancers in humans and adversely affecting wildlife.

Following the Kyoto climate change conference in December 1997, the UK has a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 12.5% below 1990 levels by the period 2008 to 2012. This is equivalent to 27 million tonnes of CO2.  The UK also has a domestic aim of reducing CO2 emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2010, and to cut CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050.

Housing, business activities and transport are the largest consumers and wasters of energy, and need review and action across the board.  The UK lags behind many countries, for instance, on assisting uptake of solar roofs.   

An EU proposal on EuP (Energy-using Products) seeks to apply design for environment and energy efficiency across the life-cycle of electric and electronic products.

Energy is a field closely linked to waste, and it is a valuable exercise for organisations to review their total use of energy and resources together in an integrated way, in order both to reduce their use and to obtain a sustainable source of supply.  The organisations below can supply information and expertise. 

THE WASTEBOOK recommends businesses and individuals to switch to suppliers offering electricity from 100% renewable sources.  For price comparisons of green energy suppliers, see www.energylinx.co.uk.  But bear in mind their ethical credentials are not always directly comparable - take time to find out a little more.

You may also want to consider a mini-turbine  to generate part of the electricity you use  (for instance Windsave, see below) and solar panels to heat water (for instance Solartwin, see below).

For information on Biofuels, see section 13.

Also see
Water supply, conservation and pollution (94)
Atmospheric emissions
Responsible consumerism
Environmental labelling (420)

Green building
Transport issues (460)

A photocopier left on all night uses enough energy to make around 5,300 A4 copies. Putting the Power Save on can save equivalent energy to burning four 40 watt light bulbs.  If a computer is not going to be used for an hour or more, turn it off.   Ensure your household uses the switch to turn off their TVs at night rather than the remote - if everyone did this, a power station could be closed down.

The Energy Saving Trust and Energywatch websites (see below) have an excellent list of tips to save energy and money.  These are based on the list  from Energywatch:

   Don't leave appliances on standby.  Turn off the power to the TV if no one is watching it.
2    Replace 3 regular light bulbs with 3 energy saving ones.  If every household did this, the energy saved could power all the UK’s street lights for a year.
3    Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
4    Fit draught excluders around doors and windows. Cheaper than double-glazing would be to tape polythene to the window frames.
5    Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply.
6    Try to only use your dishwasher and washing machine when it has a full load.  Dry washing in the sun whenever possible.
7    Only heat areas of the house you use - turn off the radiator in the spare bedroom.
8    Cover your hot water tank with an insulating jacket.  This can save up to £15 a year.
9    Don't overheat your home.  Turn your thermostat down by one degree to cut your fuel consumption by around 10%.
10  Fill the kettle with only enough water for what you need.  You'll get your drink quicker and save energy too! 

Similarly, massive savings can be made within businesses and organisations through both company policy and by communicating simple rules to employees.  Computers and other electrical or electronic equipment should be closed down and switched off at the wall during lunchbreaks and as soon as these are finished with in the afternoon.

Flying is the fastest rising and biggest single contributor to climate change.  To many destinations, going by train is much easier than you think.  See Man in Seat 61 listed below.

Alphabetical list of organisations

ADAS Consulting Limited

Tel 01865 842742 HQ, Oxford / 01480 52161  Cambridge Fax 01865 845055
Chequers Court, HUNTINGDON, Cambs PE18 6LT

The Agricultural Development Advisory Service has researched crops for energy such as willow and poplar coppice and miscanthus, use of wastes to increase yield, and combining crops with wastes to determine optimum calorific values.  ADAS HQ is at Oxford Spires Business Park, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1NZ.

Anglia West Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (AWEEAC)
Tel 01733 566910   Email  jdavis@aweeac.co.ukkvickers@aweeac.co.uk 
33a Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1PZ
Contact  John Davis, Manager 

Free advice tailored to homes, helping 450,000 householders in Cambridgeshire, and parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, cut fuel bills and CO2 emissions.  In 10 years the centre has enabled 60,000 customers to save nearly £10 million - about 110,00 tonnes of carbon dioxide.  Every year people contacting the centre for advice are saving around another £100,000, a figure which is increasing.  The main sponsor is Energy Saving Trust (listed below). Advice is given by telephone, in writing, at roadshows, presentations, East of England Show and many other events.  The centre won Eastern Region team award at the UK HECA Forum Conference in May for various projects during the year and for advice and support.  Run by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT, registered charity).  Also fenESS (Fenland Energy Services Scheme) brings together local authorities, grant giving bodies, energy suppliers, and boiler and insulation installers to provide a total energy service.  
There are 52 Energy Efficiency Advice Centres in the country.  They also facilitate and manage local and national energy efficiency schemes.  Local authorities have responsibility under Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) to promote energy efficiency (see editorial at the top of this section).  (Updated June 2004) 

Association for the Conservation of Energy
Tel 0207 359 8000  Fax 0207 359 0863
Westgate House, Prebend, LONDON N1 8PT

Trade association of 14 companies.  Provides research and lobbying support for the conservation and efficient use of energy.  Free newsletter 'The Fifth Fuel'.

Association of Electricity Producers

Tel 0207 930 9390 Fax 0207 930 9391
First Floor, 41 Whitehall, LONDON SW1A 2BX

Representative body covering a wide range of producers and most of the generating technologies in the UK.  Some develop and run projects, others provide services.  About half the members are involved in the production of energy from renewable energy sources, and have experience of the operation of the government's renewable energy orders.  Publications include AEP's policy document (available free), Renewable Energy, Building on Success.

BedZed (Beddington Zero Energy Development)
BedZED Centre, 24 Helios Road, WALLINGTON, Surrey SM6 7BZ
Tel: 0208 404 4880  Fax 0208 404 4893
Email info@bioregional.com  Website www.bioregional.com

A showcase, occupied, low energy design development by the BioRegional Development Group.  On-site renewable energy generation and water treatment, low impact construction materials, green transport strategy and green lifestyle package – car club, cycling, recycling and composting, local food links. The free exhibition is illustrated with video presentations and architectural models and includes access to a ZED showhome. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday For a guided tour (about 2hrs, from £10 to £20 + VAT, details on website) booking is essential.  BedZED has NO visitors parking. It is recommended that visitors come by public transport.  BedZED is a living, working model of sustainability: visitors must respect the privacy of residents and businesses, so should not walk around the development unless as part of a guided tour.  Also meeting and seminar venue.  The Construction Materials report describes how environmental impact was reduced by 20-30% by selecting reclaimed, recycled, local and low impact materials.  It provides a 'Toolkit' of how to achieve this environmental saving on any construction job without extra cost!   It includes energy and lifecycle analyses and environmental profiling comparisons by BRE, case studies for individual materials and cost comparisons with alternatives.  It describes how the materials were sourced, specified and used, contact details of suppliers and contractors.  It forms Part 1 of the Toolkit for Carbon Neutral Developments.   Also see entries for Bioregional in sections 14 (wood waste), 15 (wood burning), 31(paper and card), 350 (furniture & reclaimed wood products).  (Updated Nov 2002)

Bedfordshire Renewable Energy Forum
Tel 01234 227364  Fax 01234 227482  Email abasketter@bedford.gov.uk 
Bedford Borough Council, 1st Floor, Riverside House, Horne Lane, BEDFORD MK40 1PY
Contact  Abigail Basketter, Energy & Waste Efficiency Officer  (or John Crookall-Greening 01234 261066)

Voluntary organisation networking with regional and national bodies to explore feasibility and development of, and funding for, local renewable energy projects, particularly solar water heating, wind energy, electric cars, photovoltaics and small scale hydro-electric.  Organises occasional meetings and seminars with outside speakers.  Has been supported over many years by Bedford Borough Council Sustainable Development Dept, Tel 01234 227365.  (Updated Feb 2006)

Best Foot Forward Limited (BFF)  
Tel 01865 250818  Fax 01865 794586
Website www.bestfootforward.com
Email mail@bestfootforward.com
The Future Centre, 115 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RQ
Contact  Craig Simmons or Nicky Chambers, Founder Directors

Consultancy specialising in sustainability metrics, resource flow and ecological footprint analyses.  Helps regions, organisations and communities reduce their environment impact  through delivering a wide range of analytical tools and consulting services.  Has developed EcoIndex and Stepwise which calculate environment impact and sustainability of a product, organisation, process, lifestyle or region.  Detailed website with many interesting sub-sections, organised under main headings: Products and services, Sustainable accounting, Publications, About us (includes case studies), and Partners.  You can also sign up to email discussion groups on carbon reporting and ecological footprinting (services - cities and regions sub-section).  Has Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.  BFF's ecological footprint of the Isle of Wight was Overall Winner at Biffawards 2001, and Environmental Report 2002 won an ACCA UK Award for Best SME in Environmental Reporting.  See also Stepping Forward www.steppingforward.org.uk sustainability assessment for the entire South West of England (see below or sections 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants, 220 or 230; and 400, 430, or 450 Energy Use and Climate Change).  Other publications include: Scotland's Footprint, Material Health (mass balance and ecological footprint of NHS) and City Limits (resource flow and ecological footprint of Greater London, Biffaward 2003 finalist in R&D category). 

Develops products and services for three main audiences:  businesses and organisations - assess performance, raise awareness of issues amongst staff and/or customers; cities and regions - measure and monitor performance of regions and communities; education/campaigns - public communication and awareness raising.  Undertakes projects in many other areas, happy to discuss requirements.  For more technical information see their Services and Accounting web sections.  Tools used - resource flow and mass balance accounting; greenhouse gas (carbon) reporting; ecological analyses. Applications include - corporate environment strategy and reporting; regional sustainability assessments and scenario development; lifestyle analysis eg transport, food, housing and purchasing choices; waste and energy management and policy development; strategic environmental assessments (SEA); product impact assessment; education and awareness raising. 
Website designed by Lumpy Lemon, see section 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants.   (Updated Nov 2005)

BP Energy Ltd

Tel 01753 585585 Fax 01753 580366
BP House, Waterside Drive, Langley, SLOUGH, Berks SL3 6EY

Energy consultancy including design and construction of CHP plant.


Tel 01923 664454 Fax 01923 664010
BRECSU, BRE, Garston, WATFORD, Herts WD2 7JR
www.bre.co.uk E-mail enquiries@bre.co.uk

BRE is the UK’s leading construction and fire research centre.  BRECSU (see Building Research Energy Conservation Support Unit (BRECSU) entry below) is part of BRE and is responsible for disseminating best practice advice on energy use in buildings.  BRECSU produces publications, many free of charge, and runs workshops and other events (see full entry below for more information).  

See also
BRE's Centre for Waste and Recycling (in section 22 Building materials reclamation); SalvoMIE Materials Information Exchange materials information exchange and website for the construction industry: if you have a waste material looking for a market contact Rod Collins on collinsr@bre.co.uk (also section 22, Building materials reclamation); and Centre for  Sustainable Construction (section 430 Green building and decorating).


Website www.bre.co.uk  E-mail breeam@bre.co.uk
Tel 01923 664462 / 01923 664676 Fax 01923 664103
The BREEAM Centre, Centre for Concrete Construction, Building Research Establishment, Garston, WATFORD, Herts WD2 7JR

The Building Research Establishment, now a private company, has carried out research on building materials recycling for years and their recycling team is a mine of information on construction waste recycling and minimisation.  Offers workshops, newsletters and expert advice for local authorities, local organisations and industry. Initiated a materials information exchange for the construction industry: if you have a waste material looking for a market contact Rod Collins on collinsr@bre.co.uk or visit the SalvoMIE Materials Information Exchange website (see sections 22/24/120).  The  scheme allows users of reclaimed / recycled materials to buy and sell used, secondhand and unused materials over the internet.  Information and links on Sustainable Construction.  (Updated Nov 2003)

British Biogen

Tel 0207 235 8474
Email  info@britishbiogen.co.uk  web@britishbiogen.co.uk 
Website  www.britishbiogen.co.uk 
16 Belgrave Square, LONDON SW1X 8PQ

Trade association for the UK biomass industry, set up to promote and co-ordinate commercial development of biomass as a renewable fuel.  Biomass includes energy crops (eg willow, poplar), agricultural wastes (wet or dry), and forest residues.  Open to all with a commercial interest in biomass.  Developing market and export strategy, R & D, code of practice.  States biomass is 'all plant and animal matter.  Harvesting biomass such as crops, trees or dung and using it to generate energy - heat, electricity or motion - is bioenergy'.  Website has much technical and other information arguing the sustainability of biomass, and various links pages have extensive lists of organisations.  (Updated May 2004)

British Hydropower Association

Tel 0161 440 9196  Fax 0161 440 9273
52 Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall, STOCKPORT, Cheshire SK7 1AH

Trade association to promote development of UK's hydroelectric reserves, and to represent and advance the interests of members.  Formed from the National Association of Water Power Users (NAWPU).  (Updated May 2004)

British Pellet Club (BPC) 
Tel 01908 665555   Fax 01908 665577 
  Freephone / 'Renewable Energy for the Home' Helpline 0800 138 0889  
Email  saffron@greenenergy.org.uk
Website  www.greenenergy.org.uk/logpile/britishpelletclub.htm
National Energy Foundation (NEF) Renewables, National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG  
Contact  Saffron Myhill-Hunt 

Trade association for UK wood pellet industry.  Formed 2003 to promote wood pellet heating, and excellence in the industry.  Not for profit company limited by guarantee, to benefit members.  Its main objectives are to: promote wood pellet heating; be a central body presenting views to Government, agencies, Parliament, European Commission / Parliament, and other organisations; provide information to industry and customers to ensure high standards of fuel, appliances and installation; provide a forum for exchange of non-competitive information.  National Energy Foundation (see listing below) in Milton Keynes provides secretariat services, and is working on a Pellet Regulatory Study.  Pellets are usually made of highly compressed waste sawdust.  It is claimed pellets are easier to handle and store than wood chip (CRI-East, listed below - www.greenenergy.org.uk/cri/CRIEastPresentation.htm, see slide on pellet fuelled heater); and 'have higher energy density and are more economic and convenient to transport.  Pellet fuels open domestic heating markets to biomass with automatic pellet stoves and domestic boilers being reliable, convenient, clean, efficient and affordable' (British Biogen, listed above -  www.britishbiogen.co.uk/bioenergy/pellets/biofuelpellets.htm).  See also The Logpile Project, below.  (Updated May 2004)

British Photovoltaic Association (PV-UK)

Tel  01908 442291  Fax  0870 0529193
Email  enquiries@pv-uk.org.uk   Website  www.pv-uk.org.uk  
National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES MK5 8NG

Non-profit body formed in 1991 to advance development and use of photovoltaics (solar electricity), promote use of PV in UK and elsewhere.  Site has guide to PV technology and how to go about getting a PV system.  Searchable database of members to contact suppliers and installers.  Case studies and questions answered on buying, connecting and use.  Bi-annual newsletter, Britsol, on web.  Exchanges information with other organisations involved in sustainable development.  Working groups on market strategy and grid-connected issues.  Network of university researchers on PV system components.  (Updated May 2004)

British Wind Energy Association

Tel 0207 689 1960  Fax 0207 689 1969
Website www.bwea.com  Email info@bwea.com.  
Renewable Energy House, 1 Aztec Row, Berners Road, Islington, LONDON N1 0PW

Trade and professional body for the UK wind industry, researching solutions and promoting the use and benefits of windpower, onshore and offshore.  Largest renewable energy trade association in UK.  Central information point, forum, and lobbying group to promote wind energy to government.  Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years; this trend will continue with falling costs of wind energy and urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.  Formed over 25 years ago - now over 300 corporate members.  Publications include best practice guidelines, and windfarm planning database.  Good map of all 87 UK wind projects - mouseover gives detailed info for each one.  Personal callers by arrangement only.  Also see www.offshorewindfarms.co.uk   Comprehensive international links page.  (Updated May 2004)  

BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) Ltd

Tel 01344 465600  Fax 01344 465626  Email  bsria@bsria.co.uk
Websites  www.bsria.co.uk  and  www.managenergy.net/actors/A1289.htm
Old Bracknell Lane West, BRACKNELL, Berkshire, RG12 7AH 
Contact  Anne King  

Independent research, testing and information organisation for building services industry, aimed at architects, designers, legislators, specifiers, consultants and contractors, equipment manufacturers, building operators, facilities managers and end users.  Supplier and consultant on efficient use of energy within buildings, and sustainable building products and services such as artificial lighting, cogeneration and district heating, energy management, heating and ventilation systems and pumps, recovery and storage, energy audits.   Provides access to best practice information, textbooks, reports, codes of practice, journals, literature searches and online bookshop.  Runs collaborative research programme and market studies based on industry needs.  Immediate access to experts for problem solving, specification and certification.  Website includes 'Energy & Environment' main section, with subsections covering:  Codes and Standards, Design of Test Facilities, Energy in Buildings, Environmental Assessments, Failure Investigations, Product Research and Development, Water in Buildings. 

Detail Drawings service provides library of over 850 drawings and symbols illustrating common building services, design and installation.  Drawings can be searched quickly, and downloaded into any standard CAD software package.  Produced with direct input from building services manufacturers, installers and designers, drawings follow current best practice.  Details from www.barbour-index.co.uk/content/aboutservices/bsria.asp
(Updated Nov 2005)

Building Research Energy Conservation
Support Unit (BRECSU)
Tel 01923 664258 Fax 01923 664787 E-mail brecsuenq@bre.co.uk
Building Research Establishment, GARSTON, Watford WD2 7JR

BRECSU, part of the Building Research Establishment, is an independent centre for information on energy efficiency in buildings. It manages the DETR's Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme, which is disseminated through publications, events, workshops and promotions covering areas such as offices, leisure, housing, schools and energy management. Many publications available. The BRE has also developed School Toolkit software to help schools cut costs and benefit the environment through more energy efficient use of energy, paper and waste. This will be delivered free in 1998 to all 35,000 UK schools - information from BRE press office, Tel 01923 664083.

By Nature

Tel 0845 456 7689  Fax 0870 120 6991
Website www.bynature.co.uk  Email info@bynature,co.uk 
71 Avoca Road, Tooting, London SW17 8SL

Many recycled, organic and environment-friendly household items and gifts, including clothes for children and adults.  Also tips about a greener (more responsible) lifestyle - energy www.bynature.co.uk/erol.html , transport, chemicals, holidays.  (Updated Nov 2005)


Web Site http://www.caddet.co.uk
Tel 01235 432158 Fax 01235 432050

The Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies, based at ETSU (see separate entry) provides a database on renewable energy schemes and information centres. This includes a number of International Energy Agency (IEA) projects such as IEA Coal Research, IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme, IEA Greenhouse Gas R & D Information Centre, and IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme.

Cambridge Light & Power Ltd

Tel 01223 351076
64 Arbury Road, CAMBRIDGE CB4 2JE

Kits with quality components supplied for modern solar and windpower systems.  Company claims no special skills required so easy to install.  Micro hydro now available and grid connect.

The Carbon Gym
website www.carbongym.com  Email carbongym@cat.org.uk 
Carbon Gym, CAT, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ

Both a real life experience at the Centre for Alternative Technology (see below) and a virtual experience online.  "Using the metaphor of a gym and fitness workout programme, we have created a supportive place where we can begin to explore ways of reducing the impact we make on our planet." Explores the idea of how everyone on Earth gets a fair share of energy and resources, while making sure the total amount of greenhouse gases given off by everyone is kept to a level that prevents serious climate change.  Asks questions about the problems, what is a carbon footprint and what is a fair share.  A person living a typical western lifestyle (without including any flights) has a carbon dioxide footprint of around 10 tonnes per year, four times greater than their fair share.  In the gym you develop a fitness plan, do a few warm-ups then get stuck in to various workouts.  Extra advice and training sessions can be provided.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Carbon Sense
Tel 01892 529667   Mobile 07973 641131
Email antony@carbonsense.org   Website www.carbonsense.org  
Contact  Antony Turner, Director 

"Business led initiative addressing awareness of climate change" and the vital role of carbon and carbon-dioxide.  Helping people find practical paths to low-carbon solutions in organisations, using interactive presentations, workshops, training, creative consultancy and action plans.  Aims to clarify undisputed atmospheric science, show likely human impacts of inaction, and how easy simple actions are; making ‘carbonsense’ ‘commonsense’.  Partnership of professionals with proven sustainability track records, including energy saving and renewable energy solutions in business and government sectors; specialists in management, marketing, theatre, education, science, architecture and engineering.  Works with businesses and organisations to alert boards, management and employees to threats and opportunities of  low-carbon future.  Promotes learning resources about air, science of atmosphere, and low-carbon: site has detailed information, and links to established science, government, NGO, and business organisations.  ‘We share the air’ initiative: arts, poetry and drama partnerships and workshops for controversial, exciting events and displays.  Argues for strong business case, citing “Our energy future – creating a low carbon economy” energy White Paper.  States carbon taxes are already here: personal car tax bands based on CO2 emissions;  energy-intensive EU businesses may soon need to buy permits released by others to emit CO2, with predicted energy price increases of up to 40% over 10 years.  

Set up by Antony Turner, an 'eco-entrepreneur' experienced in technologies, communications, climate change, and related research, with engineers, scientists, business and public.  Helped set up ‘Seapower’, representing the wave and tidal power generation community, and wrote its 2001 submission to House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.  Project Manager for ‘Business & Sustainability’ courses, Schumacher College, Devon.  Committed to sustainable  responsible thinking in mainstream business.  
(Updated May 2004)

Carbon Trust
Tel 0800 58 57 94
Website  www.thecarbontrust.co.uk 

Independent company funded by Government.  Aims to help the UK move to a low carbon economy by helping business and public sector reduce carbon emissions and capture commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies.  Government target is to reduce carbon emissions by 60% and create a low carbon economy by 2050.  This requires a step change in energy efficiency, carbon management, and development and greater use of low carbon technologies such as renewables and hydrogen.  Aims to deliver best practice programmes (eg energy saving), to business and public sector, inform and influence behaviour, build skills and resources, and inform policy makers.  Publications and briefings on website.  Will help businesses understand the impact of climate change on their organisation, and create their own action plan.  Offers energy surveys.  Top tips for savings on energy and waste at www.thecarbontrust.co.uk/energy/pages/page_31.asp  (Updated May 2005)

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Tel 01654 705950  Fax 01654 702782  Mail order tel 01654 705959  Mail order fax 01654 705999  Shop 01654 705993
Website www.cat.org.uk  Email  (various - see website)

It is an enjoyable and educational experience to visit this seven-acre permanent exhibition of sustainable technology with residential community set in a  reclaimed slate quarry, now a wildlife haven.   Activities powered mainly by water, wind and sun.  Offers consultancy on practical renewable energy solutions.  Runs training courses such as renewable energy systems, self-build houses, organic growing and biological waste treatments including composting and reed bed sewerage systems.  Welcomes British and foreign stamps (still on the paper) - send to Barbara Wallace at CAT.  These are sorted then sold to dealers or collectors.  Money raised fund CAT’s environmental volunteer service.  New displays on Energy, Recycling, the Home and Work planned for 2005, and construction begins, open to the public, of new educational establishment, " the greenest building project in the UK".  Water-balanced cliff railway opens for the season on 14 March.  Demonstrations on 9 June 2005 of spinning and weaving techniques using recycled rags.  Produces many  informative newssheets, publications, and quarterly magazine Clean Slate, email cleanslate@cat.org.uk Visitor centre open every day. Gift shop near the entrance stocks many interesting goods and books - also mail order catalogue.  Cafe serves delicious organic and fair trade food on premises.  Runs membership organisation, ATA (Alternative Technology Association).  Subsidiary in Machynlleth: Quarry shop wholefoods 01654 702339 and cafe 01654 702624.   New project: The Carbon Gym - see separate entry above.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
Tel  0117 929 9950  
Fax  0117 929 9114
The CREATE Centre (Bristol's Environment Centre)  
Email  info@cse.org.uk   Website  www.cse.org.uk
Smeaton Road, BRISTOL BS1 6XN

Independent charity working to innovate, inform, educate and engage people in energy issues.  Seeks sustainable energy solutions with communities to meet real needs for environmentally sound and affordable services.  Works with individuals and organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors on a wide range of initiatives at local , regional and national level.  Provides support to local government and health authorities (25 years’ experience) to meet targets more effectively, by training staff, devising energy strategies, carrying out energy audits, energy education in schools (more than 15 years in over 1000 UK schools), and other tasks.  Advises Government, regulators and key agencies (DEFRA, DTI, Ofgen) sitting on partnerships and boards; provides research, evaluation and analysis of relevant policy, regulation and practice.  Website has long list of CSE's technical projects www.cse.org.uk/cgi-bin/projects.cgi and publications.  CSE has expertise in renewable energy such as solar, water and wind - Renewable Energy Advice Service: www.cse.org.uk/renewables.  Funding and grants advice.  Believes only support, cooperation and active participation of communities will bring real changes in how we use and source energy; its services to engage people include training volunteers, facilitating consultation, advice and project development.  Aims to help communities understand the issues, often by making links with existing concerns such as poverty, housing and health, and to find appropriate local solutions.  As part of the national network of advice centres, CSE runs the Bristol & Somerset Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC) and the local Action Energy advice service for small businesses.  Provides advice, training, technical support and awareness-raising to help large and small businesses understand and secure the direct commercial benefits and real environmental improvements of better energy performance.  Member of the Energy Institute and works closely with companies.  Develops tailored energy efficiency software packages to support energy utilities, and designs and delivers major energy-saving schemes for their customers.  Located in 'the historic CREATE Centre' (see listing below) near Bristol's floating harbour.  (Updated July 2004)

CEN (Creative Energy Networks)

Tel 0208 683 6656  Fax 0208 683 6601
Email  info@cen.org.uk  Web www.cen.org.uk
Ambassador House, Brigstock Road, THORNTON HEATH, Surrey CR7 7JO

Not for profit organisation developing and managing energy conservation projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions for social and environmental benefit, and to alleviate fuel poverty.  Runs a number of services on behalf of national and local governments that provide free advice on energy efficiency and savings to domestic households and small businesses, by phone and post.  Organises energy efficiency training for installers.  Includes Coldbusters grant schemes (grass roots oriented); an installer group offering manufacturers discounts for energy efficient installations; and HECA monitoring and stock profiling.  Also working on renewable energy. The well designed, easy to use website gives examples of energy surveys and advice packs. 35 staff.   (Updated Feb 2005)

Combined Power Systems Ltd
Tel 0161 873 8363 Fax 0161 873 8371
Piccadilly House, 130 Broadway, SALFORD, Manchester M5 2UW

Supply, installation and maintenance of small scale (less than 1MW) reciprocating engine and gas turbine driven CHP systems.  Nationwide maintenance cover; also supports products supplied by other companies.

Community Action for Energy (CAfE) 
Tel 08701 261 444 (also helpline)  Fax 0117 929 9114 
Website  www.est.co.uk/cafe   Email  cafe@cse.org.uk 
Centre for Sustainable Energy, CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, BRISTOL BS1 6XN

Energy Saving Trust (EST - see below) programme to promote and facilitate local community-based energy and related projects.  A network of people with shared interest in community energy.  Free membership.  Offers case studies; database of community energy projects; training courses for energy professionals, community activists and workers (some free); grant funding sources info; free energy efficiency guide for community energy projects, news updates, and helpline signposting other contacts, programmes and resources.  Most of website viewable without member log-in.  Current membership 1500.  The 2004-2005 work programme is being finalised to include improved advice and support, website redesign, more training and information resources.  Developed by Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes' Environment, Education & Community group, and managed by Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE - see above) for its first two years as a pilot.  Now run by CSE as a mainstream EST programme for three more years, to anyone interested in or running community-based sustainable energy initiatives.  (Updated July 2004)

Community Renewables Initiative (CRI) 
Tel 01242 533260 (CRI enquiry service answerphone) 
Email  cri@countryside.org.uk  
Website  www.countryside.gov.uk/communityrenewables, www.countryside.gov.uk/NewEnterprise/Economies/CRI.asp 
(Countryside Agency Headquarters, John Dower House, Crescent Place, CHELTENHAM, Glos GL50 3RA - Tel 01242 521381 (reception) or 01242 533222 (enquiries)   info@countryside.gov.uk

CRI aims to help groups and individuals realise that renewable energy regenerates local places, including remote rural areas, market towns, farmed landscapes, villages, cities and their edges.  It promotes and assists developments which:  are environmentally sensitive;  are appropriate to local circumstances;  have support of all stakeholders;  and link to other diversification and regeneration schemes.  These could include:  solar roofs;  biomass and wood heat;  farm waste schemes;  ground source heat pumps;  small, medium, and in some cases, large wind turbines  -  in places like:  schools, hospitals, offices, shops, farms, industry, visitor centres, community halls and housing developments  -  bringing:  skills, livelihoods, income, education opportunities and local heating schemes.  Launched February 2002 by Countryside Agency (listed below) with DTI funds, CRI involves 10 Local Support Teams providing advice and help in England.  Teams comprise councils, government bodies, energy and other experts, giving free advice and training on anything to do with renewable energy:  feasibility studies, funding, technology, planning, environmental assessment, or public participation.  Supporting bodies, environment groups and charities include Defra, Forestry Commission, Energy Savings Trust, Environment Agency, Friends of the Earth, Local Government Association, Country Land and Business Association, NFU, National Trust, Shell Better Britain Campaign, RSPB.  Further info:  NEF Renewables www.greenenergy.org.uk, Renewable Energy for the Home 0800 138 0889, Solar Trade Association www.solartradeassociation.org.uk, British Photovoltaic Association www.pv-uk.org.uk, British Wind Energy Association www.bwea.com, British Biogen www.britishbiogen.co.uk (all listed in this section).  (Updated June 2004)

Community Renewables Initiative for the East of England (CRI-East) 
Tel 0845 120 1516 (all enquiries - call routed to appropriate office) 
Email  secretariat@cri-east.org.uk  
Website  www.cri-east.co.uk  www.greenenergy.org.uk/cri/   
(Countryside Agency, East of England Region, 2nd Floor, City House, 126-128 Hills Road, CAMBRIDGE CB2 1PT - Tel 01223 354462  info.eastern@countryside.gov.uk)

CRI (see listing above) involves 10 Local Support Teams in England, providing advice and support for community-based renewable energy projects in rural and urban areas - national training and seminars available.  CRI-East is a partnership of organisations making up the East of England Region Local Support Team.  Offers information packs, website, advice (funding, technical pre-feasibility), detailed feasibility (Clear Skies grant), projects / case studies, promotion (talks, events, seminars), and training including technology.  Runs Clear Skies Community and Household Capital Grant Scheme www.clear-skies.org managed by BRE (listed above); and a photovoltaic demonstration programme www.solarpvgrants.co.uk coordinated by EST, awarding 40% to 60% grants (£25M for 3,140 installations over next 3 years).  CRI-East website's slide presentation shows many community renewables projects, including:  Classroom of the Future, Sandy, Beds - NEF advised Science Museum (London) on renewable energy options for education devices in the playground, and Beds CC specified a grid-connected 1kW solar PV array for a new classroom;  NEF specified a wind, solar and battery combination with datalogger and educational activities, installed by 40 schools in East England - this system has been successfully developed and marketed by Marlec (listed below), the wind generator manufacturer;  and Suffolk CC installed renewables including 6kW wind turbine, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal modules at Beaumont School, Hadleigh.  CRI-East Regional Local Support Team includes National Energy Foundation (NEF) (listed below);  Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT  www.pect.net, http://pect.peterborough.gov.uk/start.htm, see also Anglia West Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (AWEEAC) above);  and Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs (CERA), Writtle College (www.writtle.ac.uk/pge_MainDisplay.cfm/hurl/ID=48).  (Updated June 2004)

Construction Industry Environmental Forum (CIEF) - managed by CIRIA, see section 20 Construction and demolition wastes 
Tel 0 207 549 3300  Fax 0207 253 0523
Web www.cief.org.uk  Email enquiries@cief.org.uk  
CIEF, Classic House, 174-180 Old Street,
Contact  Sarah Reid, Network Manager

A partnership between the three leading construction industry research organisations - CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association - see section 20), BRE, and BSRIA (both listed above) - together with the DTI.  Provides information exchange on environmental issues affecting the industry.  Established 1991, its mission is to improve the sustainable and environmental performance of construction, by providing a cross-sector independent forum for new ideas and demonstration of best practice.  Members (currently over 230 organisations) include clients, developers, contractors, consultants, architects, specialists, research bodies and academic institutions.  Events, workshops and seminars it has organised include:  Sustainable water management;  Low carbon buildings (eg new build or refurbishment debate; best practice for new build and refurbishment;  the challenge of existing stock...);  Sustainable construction (consultation and vision).  Plans to develop a Green Guide for professional tradespeople and small businesses to reduce the building industry's environmental impact.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Construction Resources (Ecological Building Centre, and Merchants)
Tel 0207 450 2211  Fax 0207 450 2212 
Email info@ecoconstruct.com  Website www.constructionresources.com or www.ecoconstruct.com
16 Great Guildford Street, LONDON SE1 0HS

A centre selling and distributing materials for sustainable building.  Warehouse and trade counter open to public for unique range of state of the art domestic and commercial building products, combining maximum use of safe, healthy, renewable, recyclable, natural materials with minimum energy use.  Actively promotes environmentally sound design and practice.  Building materials, services (heating, water and renewable energy), interiors, tools, furniture.  Includes rainwater storage systems, paints and varnishes made from natural pigments without use of solvents, thermal insulation produced from recycled newspaper, acoustic insulation from recycled rubber tyres, passive solar heaters from cardboard, and building with unfired clay.  Low-temperature wall heating, high-efficiency wood-burning stoves and boilers, water saving and rainwater recycling systems, timber construction. Three floors of displays include large-scale sample constructions, showing how and where products and systems are used, and materials and systems themselves such as solar collectors, rainwater filters, rolls or slabs of wool, flax or recycled newsprint insulation material.  As many of the products as possible have been built into the building's working fabric, providing 'live' demonstration in addition to static display.  Information sheets available.  Website has free downloads of technical documentation, installation notes and prices for products and publications.  One example: ES Solar Roof which can cover a whole roof as an efficient solar collector for hot water, space heating, etc.  Runs seminars for public and professionals, training courses for trades on installation and maintenance.  Tours available.  Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Wed until 7pm.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Countryside Agency
01242 521381 (reception)  01242 533222 (enquiries)  Fax 01242 584270  
Email info@countryside.gov.uk  Website www.countryside.gov.uk
John Dower House, Crescent Place, CHELTENHAM, Glos GL50 3RA

Grant-giving statutory body resulting from merger of Countryside Commission and Rural Development Commission.  Operates the DTI funded Community Renewables Initiative (CRI) and CRI-East (see listings above) - Local Support Teams provide advice and support for community-based renewable energy projects in rural and urban areas, and national training and seminars.  Provides research, information, advice and support to central and local government, public and voluntary bodies, landowners, farmers, business partners and individuals; influences policy and attitude about the natural environment through research, publications, conferences and practical projects.  Aims to conserve the countryside now and in future.  Remit includes reducing traffic impacts; rewarding farmers for conserving environment; enabling people to enjoy the countryside on foot, horse or cycle; promoting social equity and economic opportunity.  Designates National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Heritage Coasts and establishes National Trails, following consultation.  Catalogue of publications available.  London Office: Dacre House, 19 Dacre Street, London SW1 0DH, Tel 0207 340 2900, Fax 0207 340 2999.  Also in section 610 Central Government.  (Updated June 2004)

CREATE  (Bristol's Environment Centre)  
Tel 0117 925 0505  Fax 0117 922 4444  
Email create@bristol-city.gov.uk  
Website www.bristol-city.gov.uk/create, www.bristol-city.gov.uk/susdev/crhome.html  
Smeaton Road, BRISTOL BS1 6XN

Home to over 20 voluntary organisations, small businesses and charities working in different areas of sustainable development, including: Sustainable Energy, Recycling,  Eco-tourism, Local Agenda 21, Education and Research, Air and Water Quality, Wildlife, Conservation.  See Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) listing above.  Hosts Sustainable Development Teams of Bristol City Council which owns and runs Create.  Demonstration Ecohome next to CREATE, full of ideas and information on eco-friendly construction and living.  Create's activities include: Recycling Exhibition - hands on journey through waste and recycling, available for schools and groups for environment education;  Sustainable Construction Resource Library;  'Creating News' biannual newsletter, available online;  annual themed Events Diary including large public Open Days, Lectures and Talks (eg Fair Trade, local history, international arts, green building);  Exhibitions and Displays;  Workshops;  Tours.  Interesting ideas include local artwork printed and sewn on fair-trade re-usable organic cotton shopping bags.  Large adaptable gallery space on ground floor;  Conference Facilities and Meeting Rooms of varying sizes;  70 seater auditorium;  all for hire at reasonable prices.  Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, for visitors in all public areas on ground and first floors, and The Ecohome is open 12-3pm.   Special bookings and tours can be arranged, including outside of these hours.   Cafe serves hot meals, snacks and drinks, Mon-Fri 9am-2pm.  One floor of Create is dedicated to Lifeskills - Learning for Living, a series of realistic everyday sets including a street scene, home and garden, supermarket and countryside area, with various hazards and safety scenarios.  Designed to help children and other sectors of the community learn about safety  www.lifeskills-bristol.org.uk  (open Mon-Fri for pre-booked visits).  Located in Cumberland Basin, near Clifton Suspension Bridge.  (Updated Mar 2004)

CRed (Carbon reduction)
Website www.cred-uk.org  Email cred@uea.ac.uk 

Community of partners aiming for 60% cut in CO2 emissions by 2025.  Equates the amount of CO2 used each year by the average person with 5 hot air balloons full of CO2 .  The CRed Challenge is to reduce the number of balloons from 5 to 2 by 2025.  Promotes the common sense message that we have to learn to live with using less fossil fuel.  Encourages us to save money by using the energy we buy more efficiently.  Links and works with others, aiming to see which ideas work when applied - but each partner decides how to participate.   Highlights business and learning opportunities for those leading the way to the new low-carbon economy.  Created the searchable CRed Carbon Monitor reporting system, to show how 2000 actions have produced carbon savings and help others understand and build upon these experiences.  Examples include recycling, use of biodiesel, car manufacture and lifecycles, travel planning, insulation, and schools initiatives.  Founded by the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and inspired by the philosophy of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - seeking sustainable solutions to climate change.  Funded by East of England Development Agency (EEDA).   (Updated Oct 2005)

Earth Balance

Tel 01670 821000  Fax 01670 621026
West Sleekburn Farm, Bomarsund, BEDLINGTON, Northumbria NE22 7AD

220 acre demonstration site for ecologically sensitive development with solar, wind, hydroelectric technology.  Illustrations, facilities and advice on use of recyclable / reusable / biodegradable material, and habitat creation / reclamation.  Visitor centre, souvenir shop, nature reserve.  Most of site is an organic farm with a horticultural training unit for people with learning difficulties.  Also on site is a 13,000 loaf/week capacity bakery whose ovens will be fired from a willow coppice; and brewery partially solar powered by photo-voltaic cells.  Apiary.  60kw wind turbine; 10kw water turbine with 3 acre storage lake and trout fishery; composting and reedbed treatment of sewage and waste water.  Also training and volunteer opportunities, meeting rooms, conference centre.  Open daily, free admission.  20 minutes from Newcastle.  Independent small businesses producing recycled textile products; and organic fruit and veg - North East Organic Growers workers co-op, with 12 acres, operating organic vegbox scheme - Tel 01670 821070, Email  NEOG@care4free.net  (Updated Feb 2005)

Earth Centre, The  Closed in autumn 2004 

Tel 01709 513933 / 01709 770566  Fax 01709 512010  
Website / Email  discontinued   
Denaby Main, Kilners Bridge, Doncaster Road, CONISBROUGH, South Yorks DN12 4EA

Doncaster Council would not accept the financial responsibilities of taking over this site, to which the Millenium Commission www.millennium.gov.uk directed £36m.  Its future is unclear.  The Trans Pennine Trail is still accessible at the site.  This is a description of the project as it used to be:
Project aiming to become a centre of understanding of sustainable development in everyday life.  Set in 400 acres of parkland, created with a mosaic of wildlife sites, it promotes action for a sustainable future. Opened to public in 1999 following 7 years of research and planning.  Built with recycled materials, it demonstrates an integrated waste strategy, with land remediation, roads and paths of recycled material, reuse of organic matter, reed beds and wind and solar power, its solar canopy forming the largest array of photovoltaic cells in Britain and meeting 30% of the development's energy needs, with 10% of output going to the regional grid.  Visitors asked to sort waste for reuse and recycling; all garden waste composted; gardens and cafe promote organic growing.  Shop sells goods made from recycled paper, old tyres, waste plastic milk cartons, vending cups and plastic bottles, reused leather, recycled glass, recycled wood and old circuit boards; or products using renewable or reduced energy in manufacture, fairly traded, or from sustainable sources.  Welcome hall shaped like a tsunami.  Described as the largest single educational establishment built since the Victorian museums of South Kensington. 
(Updated Feb 2005)


England:   Website www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthships.html  Email forum@lowcarbon.co.uk   Tel 0870 765 9896 or 07903 808 044 (mobile)   Earthship Brighton, Stanmer Park, near University of Sussex, near BRIGHTON, East Sussex
Scotland:   Website www.sci-scotland.org.uk/earthship.html  Email inquiry@sci-scotland.org.uk   Tel 01592 891884   Sustainable Communities Initiatives, Craigencalt Farm, KINGHORN, Fife KY3 9YG
USA:   Earthship Biotecture   Website www.earthship.org  Email biotecture@earthship.org   Tel 505.751.0462  Fax 505.751.1005   PO Box 1041, TAOS, New Mexico, USA 87571  Low cost sustainable buildings, systems and education.  Over 10,000 members. Comprehensive support, including training, publications and funding. UK energy and related weblinks onsite.

Buildings which reduce our impact on the planet and increase our connection to it.  Passive solar buildings with thermal mass, made from natural and recycled materials including earth-rammed tyres and aluminium cans.  They - use the sun's energy and walls' thermal mass for heating and cooling; generate electricity from the sun; harvest water from rain; deal directly with their own waste, eg treating sewage in planter beds; use discarded tyres and other wastes for wall construction; use materials with low carbon; buildable by most people at relatively low cost.  Not a fixed design, it is adaptable for any climate worldwide.  Using renewable energy including wind, water and solar power, it 'offers people opportunity to build homes and make conscious decisions to live lightly on the earth.'  Currently two UK Earthship sites (Brighton and Kinghorn, addresses above, and Low Carbon Network below).  Evolved over 30 years, pioneered by Michael Reynolds and residents of 3 communities in Taos, New Mexico. 

Earthship Brighton, one of Europe's first Earthships and one of Low Carbon Network's (see below) first projects, is on the south coast in Stanmer Park near Brighton, begun April 2003.  Offers a resource for education on links between buildings, climate change, waste management and consumerism.  Being ultra-low carbon, all
CO2 emissions during construction and any minor emissions during use will be compensated for by reforestation making the building one of the first 'carbon balanced' developments.  Run by a growing network of environmentally concerned positive thinking builders, they welcome skilled carpenters, electricians, brick layers and volunteers - training courses available, tel 07903 808 044.  Makes a significant contribution to reducing UK's waste tyre mountain (40 million annually) by use in building.  See also Stanmer Organics (400 Social).  (Updated July 2004)

Tel 01795 530130
Website www.ecomerchant.co.uk 
Head Hill Road, Goodnestone, nr FAVERSHAM, Kent ME13 9BY

Supplier of sustainable building materials to trade and public.  Includes paints, insulations, lime & earth products, guttering, bricks, flooring, rainwater harvesting, lighting, sheet materials, sunpipes, reclaimed materials.  Sole UK importer of range of Livos paints and finishes.  Vrogum energy efficient, high quality windows and doors, made to measure in Denmark, and hardwood or softwood joinery from sustainable woodlands.  Production process uses windpower.   Solar power systems including panels, pumps, sunpipes and combi-boilers.  Wide range of sustainable, durable timber - no chemical treatment.  Online ordering of some products.  Advises on selection of materials.  (Updated Dec 2004)

EcoTech Centre 
Tel 01760 726736   Fax 01760 726763
Email  jmckenna@ecotech.org.uk   Website  www.ecotech.org.uk  
Turbine Way, SWAFFHAM, Norfolk PE37 7HT
Contact  Jo McKenna, Conference, Marketing & Events Manager

The Centre offers training in sustainable business practices, through two publicly-funded business support projects - helping companies identify and carry out cost-saving opportunities and improvements in environmental performance.  Business Link for Norfolk and Eco-Innovations Ltd are based in the building, along with publicly-funded business support project.  Event booking in the UK's largest timber framed building with choice of conference rooms or in extensive grounds.  240 metre squared exhibition floor and 100 seat lecture theatre/cinema with AV support.  Further information on business at the Centre from Anne Willimott, Conference & Events Manager, Tel 01760 726 733, Fax 01760 726 763, Email
anne@ecotech.org.uk.   The Centre is an educational charity which aims to stimulate and inform people about the need for sustainable development.  Visitor centre in large timber-framed building, organic gardens, biomass power station and one of the largest wind turbines in the world, with guided trips to the top (300 steps).  Turbine tours 10-4 in summer, 1pm winter (booking advised, 01760 726 100).  School visits; exhibition and conference centre. 
(Updated Aug 2005)


Tel 01453 756111 or 08000 326 100
Email home@ecotricity.co.uk   Website www.ecotricity.co.uk
Axiom House, Station Road, STROUD, Glos GL5 3AP

Claims to be the only green electricity supplier investing profits in actively building 500MW of new 'deep green' sources of electricity by 2010, thus reducing emissions contributing to climate change.  Rated highly by Friends of the Earth.  Currently operating six UK wind parks.  Erected second wind turbine (UK's largest) at Swaffham, Norfolk, in July 2003 at request of residents, supplying 75% of their energy needs.  Planning three turbines (London's first wind park) at Ford, Dagenham.  Differentiates between 'deep green' renewable sources (wind, solar, hydro, wave) and 'pale green' (biomass, sewage, landfill gas), usually involving some form of burning).  'Committed to price matching.'  Useful advice on website about saving money through making your home more energy-efficient.  Working with organisations with complementary aims.  (Updated Nov 2003)

The Eden Project
Tel  01726 811911   Fax  01726 811912
Website www.edenproject.com   
Bodelva, ST AUSTELL, Cornwall PL24 2SG

Pioneering educational charity project conceived by Tim Smit, who previously restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and whose vision has turned a disused clay pit into a global garden, opened in 2001.  A series of energy efficient 'biomes' - the world's largest conservatories (main heating source is the sun) made of large hexagonal plastic bubbles and light steel - house thousands of plants from tropical rainforest and temperate climates.  The 'third biome' is 30 acres outdoors of terraces supporting plants that will grow in the Cornish climate.  It is a beautiful place which teaches about the relationship between plants, people and places.  A symbol of how people can work with nature to feed themselves, repair damage, manage land and create a healthy environment.  Much attractive art based on nature.  Aiming to be 'waste neutral' by buying in a greater weight of products from recycled materials than the weight of materials it sends off to be recycled.  Items reused whenever possible. Waste recycling unit on site planned.  Recycling bins throughout site.  Environment friendly in many ways - supplies sourced locally if possible, reducing transport, energy and supporting local economies.  Water mainly recycled groundwater and rainwater.  Electricity from Cornish windfarms, LPG vehicles, green travel plans for staff and visitors.  Through bus/train tickets available.  Excellent for school trips - learn where much of the food you eat and other products, including clothes, in daily use come from.  Open every day except Christmas eve and Christmas day.  Experience it as part of a holiday, not a special trip, and get there early!  (Updated July 2004)

Website  www.energie-cites.org 
(Head offices in Besançon, France and Brussels, Belgium - maps on website)

Association of European local authorities promoting local sustainable energy policy.  States 75% of all European energy consumption occurs in urban areas, and that therefore local authorities more than ever have a pivotal role to play.  Promotes consideration of and solutions for integrated action, energy efficiency, renewable energy and urban mobility.  The city of Leicester's local authority has one of four vice-presidency roles under the organisation's Board of directors.  Umbrella organisation for the REST campaign (Renewable Energy for Sustainable Tourism www.energie-cites.org/rest, working closely with National Energy Foundation (see listings for each below).  (Updated May 2004)

Energy & Environment Research Unit

Tel 01908 653335 Fax 01908 653744
Open University, Walton Hall, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK7 6AA

Research, development and education in energy use and its environmental impact, especially renewable resources and energy efficiency technologies. The associated Network for Alternative Technology & Technology Assessment, at the same address (Tel 01908 654638) is a voluntary organisation of about 500 members which runs an information service.

Energy Action Grants Agency

Tel 0191 230 1830 Freephone 0800 720150 Fax 0191 230 1823
Eldon Court, Eldon Square, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear NE1 7HA

Government agency. Administers the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.  Provides grants to low income households and the elderly to cover cost of loft insulation, draughtproofing and energy advice.  Provides cavity wall insulation, low energy light bulbs, watertank jackets and upgrades central heating controls.

Energy Conservation & Solar Centre

Tel/Fax 0207 207 8880
Unit 325, 30 Great Guildford Street, LONDON SE1 0HS

Charity.  Energy advice centre provides householders with practical information and advice to help them obtain better value from expenditure on energy, and assists tenants in negotiating energy efficiency improvements.  Also provides training and occasional educational events to increase understanding of domestic energy use.  Information on other local energy advice centres offering a similar service.  Offers consultancy advice to architects and planners.

Energy Efficiency Enquiries Bureau (ETSU)

Tel 01235 436747 Fax 01235 433066 Email etsuenq@aeat.co.uk

Promotes energy efficiency to the industry and transport sector.

Energy, Environment and Waste
Tel 0207 276 6142
Dept of Environment, Transport and the Regions, 2 Marsham Street, LONDON SW19 3EB

Government information office on energy efficiency, providing a range of technical and non-technical literature.  Runs seminars around the country for a variety of business and professional audiences.

Tel 0845 225 2840  Fax 0845 225 2890
Website www.energylinx.co.uk  Email regulation@energylinx.co.uk 
The e-Centre, Cooperage Way Business Village, ALLOA FK10 3LP

Independent website, providing simple tables at no cost to compare prices for your area and circumstances of every supplier of electricity, gas, dual fuel (energy and gas from the same supplier) or renewable energy.  Opportunity to save on your bills by changing your supplier online in 5 to 10 minutes on this site - it's an easy process.   In the case particularly of electricity and renewables, you can make a contribution to reducing the effect of your energy use on the climate.  Useful FAQ page.  Supported by Ofgem, Energywatch, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Energy labelling  
When shopping for appliances, look for the Energy Efficiency Recommended (EER) logo.  This guarantees the product will save energy, cost less to run and help the environment.  It can be found on light bulbs and fittings, fridges and freezers, washing and dishwashing machines, gas and oil boilers, heating controls, loft insulation, draught proofing, cavity wall and solid wall insulation.

Energy Saving Recommended products don't necessarily cost more than comparable, inefficient ones.  An EER fridge-freezer could save you 230 kg of CO2 and £35 a year.  Upgrading the UK's fridges and freezers to energy-saving ones would save 6 million tonnes of CO2 every year - enough to fill 35 million double-decker buses!   We would save over £950 million worth of energy annually.
The most efficient fridges and freezers are now carry the A++ rating under the ESR* label.  

*For refrigeration and laundry appliances the ESR logo complements the European Union Energy Label, which shows how much energy an appliance uses on a scale of A to G (A is most efficient, G is least).  The most efficient fridges and freezers are now A++.   (Info from Energy Saving Trust)




Products with the energy saving logo meet energy efficiency criteria set by the Energy Saving Trust, backed by Government.  EST can help find a local retailer.








Energy Saving Trust Ltd
Tel 0207 222 0101  Fax 0207 654 2444  
Website www.est.org.uk or www.energysavingtrust.co.uk   Email info@est.co.uk 
21 Dartmouth Street, LONDON SW1H 9BP

Government funded non-profit company set up after the 1992 Earth Summit to promote and deliver sustainable and renewable energy solutions to households, small firms and the road transport sector (creating a market for clean fuel vehicles).  One of UK's leading organisations fighting to combat climate change - the website has much useful info, an interactive tool and factsheets - and to help meet government targets following 1997 Kyoto conference.  Grant support, advice and technical information on energy efficiency schemes for homes and businesses to achieve social, environmental and economic benefits.  Advice on insulation and generating your own energy.  (Also see Windsave below.)  For info on grants to help install photovoltaics (£20m available from government) see www.solarpvgrants.co.uk or Tel 0800 298 3978.  Supports network of local energy advice centres giving expert impartial advice about saving energy, for domestic or small business consumers - you can search on the website for your local centre.   Also see www.saveenergy.co.ukTransport Energy,a division of Energy Saving Trust, was developed in 1996 with funding from government as well as private sector.  A best practice programme aiming to reduce greenhouse and other emissions from road transport and improve air quality in towns.  Impartial information and practical advice on reducing business mileage, fleet costs and converting to greener fuels.  Website has map showing where to refuel LPG vehicles.  Over 1300 fuel stations across the UK sell cleaner fuels.  Powershift maintains an up-to-date list.  Powershift aims to get cleaner vehicles on the road.  Offers grants to individuals and fleet managers to cut costs of conversion (whether for liquid petroleum gas, natural gas, electric or hybrid vehicles) or to buy a new vehicle.  Costs will soon be recouped in cheaper fuel bills.  Website gives details on converting vehicles.  Grant info at  Also useful info about developing travel plans for your organisation.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU)
Tel 01235 433517 / 432450  Environment and Energy helpline 0800 585794  Fax 01235 432923  Website http://www.etsu.com
Building 156, Harwell Laboratory, DIDCOT, Oxon OX11 0RA

Government sponsored body managing and promoting research, development and demonstration programmes in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean coal technology. Expertise on energy technology including biofuels, landfill gas, CHP, geothermal and hydro power, passive solar design, tidal, wave and windpower. The associated Renewable Energy Enquiries Bureau provides a range of free educational publications (including a set of infosheets by the International Energy Agency aimed at a non-specialist audience, on waste management options for municipal wastes, lifecycle assessment and related topics) and summaries of completed research. Publishes a free general interest quarterly journal 'RE View'.

Tel Helpline 08459 060708 
Website www.energywatch.org.uk  Email 

ndependent gas and electricity consumer watchdog, acting as advocate for consumers in the gas and electricity markets.   Offers free impartial help with  consumer issues about the gas and electricity industry.  Takes up complaints on behalf of consumers experiencing difficulty in resolving problems directly with their energy suppliers.  Useful and large 'Your questions and answers' section of website for both home and business.  Has urged government and industry to be bold in encouraging consumers to use less energy, to meet new energy efficiency savings targets, and wants the government to do more to address fuel poverty.  ‘Energy Smart' campaign with regulator, Ofgem, provides consumers with more information about energy use but wants smart meters to improve energy efficiency.  Consumers don't know how much energy they use for simple day-to-day tasks.  Smart meters could bring significant energy savings by giving consumers instant information about their energy use and how much it is costing them.  Energywatch estimates that if installed, these could deliver at least 6% of the Energy Efficiency Commitment targets, and wants government and industry to follow the lead shown by European and Scandinavian countries.   Set up by the Utilities Act 2000.  Supports Energylinx.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Environmental Information Exchange
Tel   Michael Esvelt, Project Coordinator 01865 484066
Patsy Wood, Project Manager/Researcher 01865 484432
Anne Miller, Project Director 01865 483244
Fax 01865 483242 
Website www.brookes.ac.uk/eie/quickenergy.htm 
BMS, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, OXFORD OX3 0BP

Initiative supported by Oxford Brookes University promoting environment friendly waste and energy management.  Useful info on website including - energy saving and efficiency; energy and water and waste audit for business - practical, low cost hints and tips to make large savings; developing environmental management systems; savings on packaging; how to prepare travel to work plans; public transport; parking; car sharing; cycling; pedestrians; cleaner fuels and fuel efficiency; environmental improvements to cars and trucks; minimising waste; waste calculator - how to reduce waste and increase profit; pollution; how to create an environmental policy and why you should.  (Updated Apr 2005)

EPR (Energy Power Resources) Limited

Tel 020 7451 3500 Fax 0207 451 3555
Email enquiries@eprfs.com  Website www.eprl.co.uk 
Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London SW1Y 5AU

Renewable energy supplier claiming one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of plant in UK.  Generated over 10% of UK's Renewables Obligation electricity 2003/04.  Founded 1997, and grown rapidly to become UK's leading renewable energy generator.  Acquired Fibrowatt Group 2002 (group experience dates back to early 1990’s).  Owns and operates five large biomass fuelled generators, plus others.  Plants at:  Ely (straw burning); Thetford, Eye, Westfield, Glanford (poultry litter burning); two windpower plants at Ovenden Moor and Royd Moor (Yorkshire Windpower); and a 100kW capacity run-of-river hydro scheme at Padarn (Padarn Power Company - currently awaiting refurbishment).  Eye (see Fibropower in sections 12 Food waste and 190 Conversion To Energy) was world's first fuelled by poultry litter;  Fife was first to use fluidised bed combustion for burning a similar fuel; and Ely is world's largest fuelled by waste straw.  Economically procures these various fuels and commercially manages associated supply chains.  Also owns Anglian Straw (see above), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPR Ely Power Limited, formed to procure fuel supplies for Ely power station.  All EPR electrical generation is eligible for ROC's either directly or via NFFO contracts.  The Government's Renewables Obligation (RO) incentive mechanism results in premiums for renewable electricity generation:  each renewable generator issues ROC's, sold to electricity supply companies so they can meet their obligation for supplying electricity from renewable sources (see editorial introduction at top of page).  EPR claims a vital contribution (in a rapidly developing market) to UK effort to combat global warming and climate change.  Since March 2005 EPR has been owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund (MEIF) Renewable Energy Limited.  (Updated August 2005)

Franklin Company

Tel 0121 459 1248 Fax 0121 459 8206
192 Franklin Road, Bourneville, BIRMINGHAM B30 2HE

Publisher (including electronic publishing) and event and conference organiser, promoting renewable energy.  Publishes 'Sun World' magazine for International Solar Energy Society, and 'Sun at Work in Europe'.  Runs ISES UK website for International Energy Agency's Solar Paces programme.

Gallions Ecopark
Tel 020 8320 3435  
Website www.gallionsecopark.co.uk  Email rmiller@gallionsha.co.uk
Miles Drive, Merbury Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 
(244 bus from Woolwich Arsenal station to Merbury Road)

Contact  Rebecca Miller, Ecopark Manager

Social housing development (based on Dutch model) of 39 two, three and four bedroom houses, to address need, aim for minimum environmental impact and demonstrate sustainable living.  Energy savings parallel to BRE EcoHomes rating system - residents saving 50% on gas and electricity.  Visitor Centre and 'naked house' showhome with eco-features such as cutaways of construction techniques used and materials chosen, water-based paints, solar collectors to heat water, grey water recycling, spray taps, low-energy light fittings and separated waste bins, shows how these can be replicated elsewhere without a huge budget.  CO2 reduction and other environmental indicators calculated.  Green financing concept underpins scheme.  Tenants, occupiers and local schools actively involved in understanding and perpetuation of sustainable principles.  Part of Gallions Reach Urban Village, built on formerly contaminated land, River Thames to NW.  Village has over 1500 new homes, shops and a school, arranged around an 'ecological corridor'.  Rainwater drains into a canal network with reeds and other water plants to filter and clean the water, and provide a biologically diverse habitat for plants, insects and animals. £5 donation for tours.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Global Action Plan UK

Tel 0207 405 5633  Fax 0207 831 6244  
Website www.globalactionplan.org.uk  Email
8 Fulwood Place, Gray's Inn, LONDON WC1V 6HG

Independent environmental charity established in 1993, operating in 11 countries.  Promotes environmental change, in particular waste, energy and reduction in water use, by encouraging individuals to take effective practical action in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities, eg runs 'Action at Home' scheme, which encourages a family to work together to set targets and improve their environmental performance.  Has developed a range of programmes, tools and advice to make it a little easier.  We all make many choices daily, often without thinking about it - whether to drive or walk to the shops, to buy a free range or cheap factory-farmed egg; whether we can be bothered to switch off the TV at the plug each night; all these decisions add up.  Website offers practical advice on waste (is it really?) energy, transport, water, food and shopping.  Online surveys to measure your carbon emissions at home or work, and how green your household is, plus tips to reduce your impact on climate change.  Breaks down the contents of your bin, and gives advice on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Long list of businesses on website which have worked with Global Action Plan to develop environmental and social initiatives, saving money and resources - and a list of good reasons to enter into such a partnership!  Supported by the EC, and in the UK by government, local authorities, companies, charitable trusts and WWF.   (Updated May 2005) 

Global Commodities UK Ltd

Tel 01362 821582  Fax 01362 821373
Email dennis@globeco.co.uk  Website
Market Street, Shipdham, THETFORD, Norfolk IP25 7LZ 

Produces biodiesel from waste cooking oil, brand name driveECO.  Established Jan 2001, biodiesel was launched Feb 2002, and now provides over 10 million litres of eco-friendly fuel a year.  This supports British industry and domestic farming.  First purpose-built factory in UK is at Dereham, Norfolk.  New plant at Lowestoft will increase production to 180m litres, but Norfolk will continue research and development. Sold in a 5% mix with conventional diesel.  Benefits are: that no engine modification is needed; it enhances fuel economy; it reduces emission of harmful pollutants; it is non-toxic and bio-degradable, and reduces engine wear. The fuel easily mixes in all proportions with conventional diesel. In 2002 the Government reduced the excise duty on environmentally friendly fuels by 20p per litre.  Only fuel company to be granted low emission permit by Environment Agency.  Answers to questions and list of garages on website.  MD Dennis Thouless says set-aside land to grow crops for biodiesel could be "the oilfields of the future".  (Updated May 2004)

Gold Lane Development,
Burnt Oak, Barnet  - see Notting Hill Housing Group below

Good Energy -
formerly Unit [e] 
Tel 0845 456 1640 / 01249 766090 / 0845 601 1410  Fax 01249 766091
Email enquiries@good-energy.co.uk   Website www.good-energy.co.uk
Monkton Park Offices, Monkton Park, CHIPPENHAM, Wilts SN15 1ER

Supplier of electricity since 1999 to homes and businesses from 100% renewable energy, rated No 1 energy supplier by Friends of the Earth.    Claims you could save an average of 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year by switching to Good Energy.   Website has energy-saving tips, and promotes www.electrisave.co.ukBuys from and invests in small scale generators using natural sources - water, wind and sun.  This helps to protect natural habitats, provide a future market for British generators, and accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels.  Aims to support households and communities who wish to produce their own renewable energy.  Owns Delabole, the UK's first wind farm in Cornwall, and takes power from turbine at Centre for Alternative Technology.  Over 15000 customers.  Owned by Monkton Group plc - shares available.  Was called Unit-e until Feb 2004.  (Updated Mar 2006)

Green Choices
Website www.greenchoices.org/energy.html  Email info@greenchoices.org 
PO Box 31617, London SW2 4FF

Free, independent, not-for-profit web guide to greener living.  Like THE WASTEBOOK, it has no products to sell or promote, only ideas and information to help people make greener choices in their day-to-day lives.  The section of the website given above has general advice on energy reduction and sources.   (Updated May 2005)

Green Energy UK plc
Tel 0845 456 9550 / 01920 486156   Fax 01920 484268
Email info@greenenergy.uk.com   Website www.greenenergy.uk.com
9 Church Street, WARE, Herts SG12 9EG

Electricity supplier to domestic and small business users in England and Wales.   Ethical business which regards its customers as partners, acting in commercially sound ways to create an environmentally responsible electricity supply industry, acting to counter global warming.  Plans to invest up to 50% of profits into UK renewable energy projects.  Green energy 100 (100% from renewables) costs slightly more than large suppliers.  Promotes tax savings through climate change levy by using green energy.  First 100,000 customers have free shares in the company.  Home energy efficiency advice on website, including typical units consumed by each appliance.  (Updated Nov 2003)

Green Shop
Tel / Fax 01452 770629
Bisley, STROUD, Glos GL6 7BX
Website www.greenshop.co.uk  Email enquiries@greenshop.co.uk 

Mail order of solar, wind and water heating products, rainwater collection and harvesting systems, environment friendly paints, recycled products, wormeries, many other products, books, magazines and advice.  (Updated Nov 2003)

Green Street
Telephone: 020 8973 0429
www.greenstreet.org.uk  Email: info@sustainablehomes.co.uk 
Sustainable Homes, Hastoe Housing Association, Harlequin House
7 High Street Teddington, TW11 8EE

Resource mainly for housing associations and local authorities to help residents improve environmental performance in homes, and go well beyond minimum standards.  Advice on reducing housing's 25% of
CO2 emissions to government target of 20%, through energy efficiency in electrical appliances, passive solar and renewables.  Materials used to refurbish homes should be low-energy, locally manufactured and long life, and be re-usable, recyclable or biodegradable.  Materials from non-renewable sources such as oil, copper, zinc and tin, and use of toxic chemicals, in manufacture should be minimised.  Natural, moisture-absorbing insulation materials (eg from recycled newspaper), natural paints, and natural flooring eliminates use of preservative and improves indoor air quality.  Refurbishment is also an opportunity to add water saving measures.  Produces 'Did you know? factsheets for residents on waste, materials, energy and water.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Holmes S J & Associates

Tel 01908 671100
40A Bradwell Road, Loughton, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8AJ

Energy consultant. Surveys, reports and supervision of installation.

Impetus Consulting
Tel 0207 924 9988  Fax 0207 924 0779
Website www.impetusconsult.co.uk  Email info@impetusconsult.co.uk 
120b Dalberg Road, Brixton, LONDON SW2 1AP
(West Sussex Office:  Suite 4, 39 Aldwick Road, BOGNOR REGIS PO21 2LN  Tel 01243 869 834)

Environmental consultancy focusing on sustainable energy and local government.  Specialises in disseminating difficult policy and technology information to non-specialist audiences.  Help in energy efficiency, carbon management and zero emission strategies.  Expertise in sustainable construction methods and materials, energy efficient housing refurbishment and new build, the planning system, development of renewables and marketing of environmental initiatives, services and products.  Assistance in reducing an organisation's carbon trail, including reduction in energy use, use of renewable energy and carbon sequestration.  Commissioned by Greater London Authority on behalf on London Renewables to develop a training strategy and materials on renewable energy, to facilitate uptake of renewable energy technologies in London in line with London Energy Strategy.  Manages free "Practical help" advisory service on behalf of Energy Saving Trust.  With the Town and Country Planning Association, developed comprehensive guide on planning system relating to sustainable energy, focusing on renewable energy, for Local Authority Support Officers.  Internal ethical policy.  West Sussex Office: Suite 4, 39 Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2LN,  Tel 01243 869 834.  (Updated July 2005)

Intermediate Technology
- now called Practical Solutions (new 2006 entry in preparation)
Tel 01788 661100 / 01926 634400  Fax 01926 634401 / 01788 661101
Website www.practicalaction.org or www.itdg.org  Email enquiries@practicalaction.org.uk
Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton Hall, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, WARWICKS CV23 9QZ

International development organisation working towards a more equitable and just world by using technology to enrich and benefit peoples' lives.  Deals in influential issues including climate change, rural household energy, energy efficiency for small industries, renewable energy, green electricity accreditation in Europe and international energy policies.  (Updated Feb 2006)

Landfill Gas Association

Tel 0207 629 2668 Fax 0207 408 1216
22 Queen Street, Mayfair, LONDON W1X 7PJ

The UK's focal point for the landfill gas industry in relation to exports. A domestic base exists second in size only to the USA. The association, which includes generators, landfill operators and equipment suppliers, has been active in lobbying DTI, DETR and politicians. Its target of a government award of at least 150MW of contracts to landfill gas projects was exceeded - the final award was 173.7MW.

Lenval (Essex) Ltd
Tel 01375 640344  Fax 01375 640331
Email lenval@btconnect.com  Website www.lenval.co.uk  
KT House, Stanhope Industrial Park, Wharf Road, STANFORD-LE-HOPE, Essex SS17 0EH
Contact  Mr K Turp

Licensed thermal insulation, demolition and removal of asbestos and other toxic waste for business.  Energy conservation.  Founded 1970.  ARCA member.   (Updated Aug 2002)

Lighting Association

Tel 0 1952 290905 Fax 0 1952 290906 
Website www.lightingassociation.com  Email  enquiries@lightingassociation.com 
Stafford Park 7 TELFORD, Shropshire TF3 3BQ

Trade Association for trade professionals only - cannot provide technical information to the general public as they do not have the staffing resourcesBut long list on website of lighting retailers who may be able to help; also lists recommended products, and advice on energy saving in lighting your house and garden.  Subsidises manufacturers of Energy Efficient lamps £5 per lamp (proof of sale/delivery required), so they retail at the same price as conventional (GLS) lamps, giving affordable choice for domestic customers.  Scheme launched April 2005, with  guaranteed minimum subsidy of £5m a year for 3 years.  Also sets safety and retailer good practice standards.  (Updated Aug 2005)

LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative)

Tel / Fax 01296 714184  
Email lili@lowimpact.org  Website www.lowimpact.org
Redfield Community, Buckingham Road, WINSLOW, Bucks MK18 3LZ

Non-profit organisation committed to promoting practical ways to live more harmoniously with the environment.  Aims to help people understand the damage of human impact on our planet - through the way we travel, work, consume, enjoy our leisure, provide food, energy and shelter, and dispose of our waste - and how they can change aspects of their lives to reduce their impact, save money, live in a healthier, more satisfying way and improve their quality of life.  Runs residential weekend courses (£150 waged, £100 unwaged) on topics such as recycling clothes and textiles, permaculture, hedge-laying, wind, solar and sustainable energy, self-build hot water, green woodworking, building with timber or strawbale, roofing, beekeeping, making biodiesel, low-impact smallholding, water and sewage, natural paints and lime, and herbal medicine.  Accommodation and food provided.  Course details and dates on website, or sign up for their email newsletter. £10 subscription brings bi-annual newsletter and discounts on courses.  Links with small manufacturers to sell green products.   Also produces 'What can you do?' information sheets, available on website, which may be printed and distributed; and a range of do-it-yourself manuals at £7.50.  Now sells and delivers biodiesel - see section 13.  Has a marquee, demo solar hot water panel, and many display boards: will staff a stand at green fairs, and assist local authorities.  Worked with National Energy Foundation on government project to install solar hot water systems in 50 homes.   (Updated Sep 2005)

Local Authority Energy Partnership

Tel 01246 231111 / 212697  Fax 01246 212628
North East Derbyshire District Council, Saltergate, CHESTERFIELD, Derbys S41 1LF

A consortium of 19 local authorities serving 800,000 households in Notts and Derby will invite the new gas companies to bid for preferred supplier status, to offer the best deal for consumers. A primary objective will be to address fuel poverty and bring benefits for all. Discounts will be offered of up to 20% on current prices. Assisted by a grant of about £200,000, commission from the process, partly from the savings made by reduced advertising by the gas companies, will be used to fund loft insulation and draughtproofing, and to employ Welfare to Work trainees to work alongside craftsmen. When the system is set up, the concept can be extended to the electricity market and other products. Further councils will be able to join in as members, and income from sales in their area will go to local people.

The Log Pile Project
Tel 01908 665555   Freephone / 'Renewable Energy for Homes' Helpline 0800 138 0889   Fax 01908 665577  
NEF Renewables, National Energy Foundation (NEF), The National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG
Email  saffron@greenenergy.org.ukrenewables@greenenergy.org.uk  
Website  www.logpile.co.uk www.greenenergy.org.uk/renewable_energy/index.htm
Contact  Saffron Myhill-Hunt

Promotes use of wood as a renewable energy source.  Benefits of the project include: online database of wood fuel suppliers with search facility;  guide on how to use wood as a sustainable energy source;  opportunity for wood fuel suppliers to increase sales;  detailed information on wood pellets www.greenenergy.org.uk/logpile/pellets/index.htm ;  supplier lists of wood pellet stoves and boilers.  Supported by DEFRA through Environmental Action Fund;  managed by Sandra Hayes at the National Energy Foundation (NEF - listed below).  See also British Pellet Club, above.  (Updated May 2004)

Low Carbon Network

Tel 0870 765 9896  Website www.lowcarbon.co.uk  Email forum@lowcarbon.co.uk or training@lowcarbon.co.uk   Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex), near BRIGHTON, East Sussex

Not for profit company promoting new approaches to links between buildings, working and living patterns they support, and global warming.  Focuses on low cost buildings with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, easy to build and run.  Aims to: start and support (including research, training, communication) European adoption of low carbon developments as affordable buildings; promote policies and livelihoods addressing climate change; develop good building practice.  Has trained over 100 people, with The Friends Centre and Brighton Permaculture Trust.  Member of Stanmer Organics (see 400 Social). 

LCN's first project, in Stanmer Park, is one of Europe's first Earthships (see above):  solar powered homes and work spaces, built from a massive waste problem – used tyres.  They work with natural systems, using the sun's energy and rain to provide heat, power and water.  They are cheap to run, not requiring greenhouse gas emitting power stations, mains water or waste services.  On-site demonstration of buildings' structure and function at www.lowcarbon.co.uk/demo.html.  Courses, including hands-on building, have covered: health and safety; tools; waterproofing and insulation; principles of thermal mass and passive solar design; sustainable systems and technology; basic planning and site choice; sustainable living, self build, and empowerment; waste reuse/recycling; tyre pounding and manipulation, levelling and wall construction, and infilling and wall rendering; and constructing bottle and tin can walls.  Some volunteers still wanted.  Site lists links and information resources at www.lowcarbon.co.uk/resources.html.  
(Updated July 2004)


Tel 01763 272558 Fax 01763 734470
Unit 39, Park Farm Industrial Estate,

Consultancy on combustion equipment for renewable biomass energy systems.

The Man in Seat 61
Website www.seat61.com  Email man@seat61.com 

Independent, well-organised website run free by Mark Smith, ex-British rail station manager at several London terminals, now working in government regulation of the railways.  Advice on rail travel to Europe, by country from Albania to Ukraine. Also advice and details on train journeys within UK and in many other parts of the world.  Explains how quick, easy and comfortable it is to travel overland by train.  Extremely useful for those who wish to avoid flying, for climate change reasons, or who prefer "a more civilised, comfortable, interesting, adventurous, romantic, historic and exciting way to travel".  Lists best times to travel, approximate fares to destinations throughout Europe, info on railpasses, how to take a bike or car, and booking hotels.  Many contact and enquiry details, and useful links for other foreign travel advice.   (Updated Aug 2005)

Marlec Engineering Company Ltd 

Tel 01536 201588  Fax 01536 400211 
Email  sales@marlec.co.uk   Website  www.marlec.co.uk  
Rutland House, Trevithick Road, Trevithick, CORBY, Northants NN17 5XY 

Manufactures "clean energy" products including:  wind powered generators and (water) pumping systems, photovoltaics (solar power), low energy high output dc lamps, water current turbines, batteries, chargers and inverters.  Specialist in independent renewable energy systems needing no grid connection.  Committed to worldwide use of renewable energies - for homes, agriculture, clinics, monitoring, meteorological and telemetry stations, telecoms, radio/tv transmition,  refrigeration, lighting, security, navigation, portable power for expeditions and military applications, on or offshore, and oil platforms.  Unattended or exposed sites include conservation areas, farms, car parks, bus shelters, caravan parks, industrial areas, shores and harbours.  Proven in developing countries, and in harsh climatic environments with critical power supply needs eg seismology in Antarctica, communications in Himalayas.  Water current turbine suitable for schools, health and tourist centres, border posts or research stations along major world rivers.  Wind pumps provide portable water for isolated communities, drainage, livestock watering and irrigation.  Some models have sensors to trigger change in angle and direction the equipment faces to protect from high winds.  Some can be combined with solar panels and/or diesel, maximising energy, minimising costs.  Self powered wind turbine street lighting system: needs no grid connection so no road digging.  Claims all products are reliable, cost effective, efficient, durable, simple to install.  Authorised UK distributor for Solarex semi-crystalline and amorphous photovoltaics and accessories, including system design and after sales, for stand-alone and hybrid wind/solar systems.  Tests every generator, recording results.  'Green Power Education' systems for schools, colleges, universities or eco demonstration centres; easy to assemble, install and use, demonstrating electrical and aerodynamic principles - has involved work with National Energy Foundation (NEF - listed below) on the PowerEd scheme see www.greenenergy.org.uk/powered/project.htm (Renewable Energy For Schools, listed below).  Publishes teachers' wind turbine generation manual.  20 years experience.  One of few ISO9001 registered renewable energy companies internationally.  (Updated May 2004)

National Energy Action (NEA)
Tel 0191 261 5677  Fax 0191 261 6496
Website www.nea.org.uk  Email info@nea.org.uk 
St Andrew's House, 90-92 Pilgrim Street, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NE1 6SG

Develops and promotes energy efficiency services to tackle heating and insulation problems of low-income households.  Organises forums, seminars, eg "Warm people, cool planet".  Works in partnership with central and local government; with fuel utilities, housing providers and health services; and consumer organisations.  Aims to eradicate fuel and water poverty.  Campaigns for more investment in energy efficiency to help poor or vulnerable people and to promote independent living.  20 demonstration projects at 10 offices in England and Wales.  Advice and guidance to installers on good practice in delivering energy efficiency to low-income householders, and about the importance of energy efficiency.  (Updated Feb 2005)

National Energy Foundation

Tel 01908 665555   Fax 01908 665577   Freephone and 'Renewable Energy for the Home' Helpline 0800 138 0889  
Email  renewables@greenenergy.org.uk
Website www.natenergy.org.uk
 , www.nef.org.uk/greenenergy  www.greenenergy.org.uk/renewable_energy/index.htm  
National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG  
Contact  Gareth Ellis, Renewable Energy Manager;  Chris Ballard, Renewable Energy Officer

Educational charity promoting better use of energy.  NEF Renewables is a department promoting renewable energy.  Provides free, impartial information, advice and displays on practical ways to generate energy from solar, biomass and biofuels, water, waste, wind, hydropower and geothermal sources.  Use of all these is growing in the UK, the contribution to reducing global warming and combating climate change increasingly important.  'Grasping climate' project.  Website has 'CO2 calculator' measuring your emissions from information you type in;  links to ways to save energy and money;  and a green electricity section, including a link to www.greenprices.com/eu/index.asp comparing green energy suppliers.  Research, training, and educational programme with information and activities for schools.  The renewable energy display bus, giving hands-on experience and demonstrates use of power from renewable sources, is available for events and for schools and colleges.  Works closely with Energie-Cites, umbrella organisation for REST (Renewable Energy for Sustainable Tourism) - see listings for each.  NEF Renewables will give energy surveys and help organisations set environmental targets.  Help available to assess financial and technical feasibility of renewable energy installations such as solar water heating, wood heating and wind turbines.  Participation should enable hotels to gain recognition for saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, and increase their appeal to environmentally aware customers.  See also www.logpile.co.uk (section 14 wood waste) promoting wood as a renewable energy source.  (Updated Feb 2005)

National Energy Services Ltd

Tel 01908 672787 / 501908
Rockingham Drive, Linford Wood, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK14 6EG

Operates energy cost guarantee scheme and the National Home Energy Rating Scheme, an energy survey scheme for domestic property.  Provides a rating on a scale of 1-10 for energy efficiency; an assessment of annual CO2 production; estimated costs of annual fuel use; and suggests improvements for conserving energy and saving money. The scheme is one of two endorsed by the government.  Surveys are carried out by member organisations (independent energy consultants, architects, builders etc) accredited by the foundation.  Fees about £100.  Supports the South Midlands Renewable Energy Advice Centre and other projects.

Natural Collection Catalogue  

Tel  0870 331 3335 (queries)  0870 331 3333 (orders)   Fax 0870 331 3334  
Website www.naturalcollection.com  Email sales@naturalcollection.com  
PO Box 135, SOUTHAMPTON, Hants SO14 0FQ  

Mail order shopping to contribute to a sustainable future, including many products with recycled content.  Over 500 products chosen with the environment in mind, and helpful advice by phone.  Most products included reduce waste, energy and resource use.  Published by Green Dot Guides and supported by Friends of the Earth, The Vegetarian Society, World Development Movement etc.  Delivery free over £100.   (Updated Jan 2005)

Natural Energy Systems

Tel 01603 661863

Design, supply and installation of domestic and commercial solar hot water systems, also DIY kits supplied. Nationwide service.

Notting Hill Housing Group - Gold Lane Development 

Tel 020 8357 5000  Fax 020 8357 5299  
Website www.nottinghillonline.com/pid354_Custom_Link.htm 
Grove House, 27 Hammersmith Grove, LONDON W6 0JL  
Contact  Louise Reddin, Tel 0208 357 5026

Notting Hill Housing Group runs The Gold Lane development in Barnet’s Burnt Oak, which converted wasteland formerly occupied by 45 vandalised garages into 8 low rise, energy conscious, affordable houses, receiving a Housing Design Award 2002 by the Royal Institute of British Architects.  The low-energy, timber-frame homes, with natural grass roofs and graffiti resistant walls, resulted from lobbying by local residents, councillors and the police for a long term redevelopment of the strip of wasteland within the conservation area of Watling Estate.  Completed December 2003, families moved in before Christmas.  Developed in partnership with Barnet Council, Audley English Associates and Bugler Developments.  Architect Audley English hopes the project "will receive a good or excellent EcoHomes rating from the Building Research Establishment [see BRE entry above].  It has many environmentally friendly features such as a grass roof which has a capacity for high rainwater absorption, substantially reducing rainwater run-off which otherwise can overload drainage systems.”  For information contact Louise Reddin, above.  Notting Hill Housing Group also runs Notting Hill Furniture Store, Tel 0208 7433 121, furniturestore@nhhg.org.uk , www.nottinghillonline.com/pid21_The_Furniture_Store.htm (see Furniture and household goods, section 82), and set up the London Housing Greenspace Network (see Green building and decorating section 430)(Updated Feb 2004)

OFCOM  (Office of Communications)
Tel  0845 456 3000  /  020 7981 3040  Switchboard  020 7981 3000  
Fax  0845 456 3333  Main Fax  020 7981 3333
www.ofcom.org.uk   Email  contact@ofcom.org.uk  
Ofcom Contact Centre, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA

UK regulator for communications industries.  Responsibilities across TV (programmes and adverts) and radio (including reception and licences), telecommunications (including mobile phone masts) and internet.  Also includes windfarm co-ordination (windfarmenquiries@ofcom.org.uk).   Exists "to further the interests of citizen-consumers as the communications industries enter the digital age".  Will take action on misuse of a public electronic communications network.  This includes sending unsolicited commercial email or spam; computer hacking; and malicious communications including silent calls and faxes).  Information on dealing with these problems in section 34.  (Updated May 2004


Tel 0207 901 7000  Fax 0207 901 7066  
Email library@ofgem.gov.uk  Website www.ofgem.gov.uk 
9 Millbank, London SW1P 3GE

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.  Government appointed regulator of energy supply industry, which licenses suppliers, protects interests of users and promotes choice and value.  Has a role to explain competition, and offer help in choosing gas and electricity suppliers.  One aim is to meet its increasing social and environmental responsibilities.  Requires all suppliers to run schemes aiming at improving energy efficiency at users' homes.  Operates the Renewables Obligation, setting a target for electricity suppliers to source at least part of their electricity from renewables.  Electricity is delivered through the national grid, not directly from suppliers.  This ensures that all users receive a reliable and uninterrupted supply.   A few suppliers who feed energy into the grid generate their energy only from renewable and non-polluting supplies.  These have to show through environmental audit that they fulfil environmental claims, and receive a climate change levy exemption.  Many publications available.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Practical Action
- new name for Intermediate Technology, see above (2006 entry in preparation)

Renewable Energy Enquiries Bureau

Tel 01235 432450 / 433601 Fax 01235 433066

DTI office promoting use of renewable energy resources including waste to energy conversion.  Publishes a general interest quarterly magazine 'R E View' free to registered subscribers and provides free factual information on all sources of renewable energy.  Publishes annual Guide to Renewable Energy Companies.  Also see Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) above.

Renewable Energy for Schools 
Tel 01908 665555   Fax 01908 665577   Freephone 0800 138 0889
Email  renewables@greenenergy.org.uk   Website  www.powered.org.ukwww.greenenergy.org.uk/powered/ 
NEF Renewables, The National Energy Foundation, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES MK5 8NG

Website for teachers and children who want to know more about renewable and alternative sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.  Regularly updated new activities for children, including games to help understand how renewable energies work.  Information sheets available to support teachers.  Online factsheets:  Guide to Funding Sources for Renewable Energy in Schools and Colleges;  Guide to Funding Sources for Renewable Energy in Schools and Colleges;  How to build your own Mini Solar Water Heater (Primary Schools);  Wind and Photovoltaic kits for Schools.  The following information sheets are available to download (pdf files), or call the office 0800 138 0889 or email for free hard copies:  Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Water Power, Biomass, Geothermal.  Includes web link to PowerEd project, demonstrating wind and solar power at over 30 schools across East of England - see www.greenenergy.org.uk/powered/project.htm, including downloadable info on setting up and using working energy kits (Activity Sheets section); and on how the energy systems power a variety of applications, for
example lighting for balcony gallery and power for 12V soldering irons (listed under What is the Power Used For?).  Visit www.greenenergy.org.uk for more info on renewables.  (Updated May 2004)

Renewable Power Association 
Tel 0207 747 1830  Fax 0207 925 2715
Website www.r-p-a.org.uk  Email ltheaker@r-p-a.org.uk 
2nd Floor, 17 Waterloo Place, LONDON SW1Y 4AR 
Contact  Lucy Theaker, Events Co-ordinator, 0207 747 1841 

Trade association open to all companies supportive of UK renewable energy industry.  Main purpose is to promote renewables, towards explosive growth needed to attain UK’s targets.  Unified voice for UK sustainable energy community, enabling co-ordinated view to UK, European and international media, public, government bodies and NGOs.  All renewable technologies and supply chain services represented by membership grown to over 170 since Oct 2001 launch, accounting for most UK renewable generating capacity: biofuels, biomass, biogas, tidal, wave, solar, marine technology, wind, hydro and energy from waste generators, production of fuels and heat, and industry equipment and service providers such as law firms, consultants, financiers, manufacturers and suppliers.  Committed to open communication and publishes all proceedings (not deliberately avoiding controversy).  Runs workshops across UK (sometimes free).  Vision that most or all future energy will be sustainably sourced (reflected in research by mainstream business and corporates).  Focuses on generic issues and common barriers, while advocating diverse range of renewable power development and  supply (rather than single-technology) to enhance energy security.  Takes producer's perspective, regardless of fuel source and technology.  Three aspects drive its efforts: Political lobbying to create environments conducive to developing renewables; Communication to governments, media and public; Services to members.  Regular newsletters and annual conference. 
(Updated Oct 2004).

Renewables East 
Tel 01223 484528  Fax 01842 763599
Email info@renewableseast.org.uk   Website www.renewableseast.org.uk  
Level 5, Breckland House, St Nicholas Street, THETFORD IP24 1BT

Renewable energy agency for the East of England, set up to promote the region's great potential for renewable energy, and act as a gateway to further sources of information.  Plans to work with diverse organisations to build a common agenda and co-operation, to involve those with an interest in sustainable power.  Website has much information on work with its partners on renewable energy in and beyond the region, its government lobbying work, and a rolling news section on developments and events.  It explains the different types of renewable energy, key technologies and opportunities for sustainability, such as offshore wind farms and biofuels for transport.  Importantly, it shows how renewable energy will be encouraged and benefit the regional economy.  The site provides an interactive discussion forum, a chance to question the Renewables East team, give constructive feedback, or request a free regular e-newsletter.  Supported with £500,000 from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).  Chief executive is Nick Goodall, formerly of the British Wind Energy Association.
   (Updated Jan 2004)


Tel 0208 542 8500   Email cleanpower@renue.co.uk   Website (not yet online) www.renue.co.uk
Unit 9, The 1929 Shop, Merton Abbey Mills, London SW19 2RD
Contact Tuija Halonen

Renewable Energy in the Urban Environment aims to inspire uptake by the community of renewable energy and sustainable building practice.  Provides educational materials for schools, small scale installations, advice, training and practical demonstrations on how to install renewable energy into buildings, and arts projects.  Encourages architects, planners and the construction industry to include renewable energy in design, policies and construction.  Long-term aim is to develop the centre (opening 2004) as an innovative and inspiring venue explaining the history of energy use (including water wheels) in the Wandle Valley and compare with practical demonstrations of modern renewable technologies.  (Updated Jan 2003)

REST (Renewable Energy for Sustainable Tourism)
Tel 01908 665555
Email  rest@energie-cites.org   Website  www.rest-hotels.orgwww.energie-cites.org/rest 
National Energy Foundation, National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG 
Contact  Ian Byrne 

EU sponsored energy saving campaign running in six European countries to help hotels and guesthouses make savings and use renewable forms of energy.  Offers subsidised energy audits for hotels and larger guest houses, and advice on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.  The ultimate goal is to encourage organisations to become "carbon neutral" in their performance.  In UK, National Energy Foundation (NEF)
Renewables (see listing above) will undertake energy surveys and give advice to assist organisations set environmental targets.  Help available to assess financial and technical feasibility of renewable energy installations, such as solar water heating, wood heating and wind turbines.  Participation should enable hotels to gain recognition for saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, and increase their appeal to environmentally aware customers.  Across EU, the zero-emission Hotel Victoria in Freiburg, Germany (www.hotel-victoria.de) and similar buildings will be used as examples of good practice.  These will show how to benefit from sustainable tourism by saving fuel costs, reducing carbon dioxide, and increasing visitors by attracting environmentally conscious tourists.  REST aims to:  increase hoteliers' knowledge of opportunities for renewable energy use, including green electricity;  encourage the industry to look at its energy performance and take action;  and develop an EU network of energy conscious / zero emission hotels, promoted to environmentally conscious tourists / business people via websites.  NEF works closely with Energie-Cités (listing above), umbrella organisation for REST.  (Updated May 2004)

Rising Tide
Tel  01865 241097
Website  www.risingtide.org.uk   Email  info@risingtide.org.uk  

16B Cherwell Street, OXFORD OX4 4BL     
Network of groups and individuals dedicated to taking local action and building a movement against climate change.  Encourages a vibrant and diverse movement - includes community groups, unions, church groups, energy advice centres, student groups, regional websites and contacts.  No formal membership structure.  Website includes climate change news and information, contacts, links.  Resources include 12 factsheets on domestic emissions, carbon trading, public speaking, and international process; 16-page booklet ‘What You Can Do’ (easy steps to taking local action); information displays for public events; 10-minute video (people explaining why they are taking personal action); “Funny Weather” comic by Kate Evans, explaining climate change causes and solutions (10,000 copies distributed); and email newsletter to over 600 people in UK and 200 around the world.  Partner in international Rising Tide network - international news lists can be joined through international website
Argues climate change is an issue of social injustice - a direct result of economic domination of northern interests and transnational corporations.  Calls for ‘climate justice’ through solutions that address structural inequalities and recognise the historical responsibility of the rich nations for the problem.  Supports international cuts in emissions through means applied with equality and fairness, but believes the Kyoto Protocol fails this standard, as the cuts are far too low and depend on flawed market mechanisms. These will not be effective, will reinforce existing inequalities, and reward the greatest polluters. The science is clear: to prevent further climate change rich countries need to cut emissions by up to 90%.

Rising Tide calls for a just transition to a non-carbon society; and for an end to oil exploration, and dismantling of the fossil fuel economy; and a rapid transition which does not fall hardest on communities of low income, colour, or employees of fossil fuel industries.   Provides trainers, materials and skills support for regional workshops in public speaking and community organising; and access to a database of people with experience and skills including: campaign strategy and fighting public enquiries; legal advice; publicity, advertising and media; editing, graphics and materials production.  Holds national weekend gathering each year bringing together people from all over UK to exchange ideas, experiences, information and contacts.  Organises tours to reach a wider public, and has a presence at festivals and conferences.  Publicises campaigns and actions by groups in the network.  (Updated Jan 2005)

Second Nature
Tel 01768 486285  Fax 01768 486825
Website www.secondnatureuk.com  Email info@secondnatureuk.com 
Soulands Gate, Soulby, Dacre, PENRITH, Cumbria CA11 0JF 

Manufacturer and supplier of Thermafleece sheep's wool loft, wall or floor insulation, for either newbuild or refurbishment.  "Safe to use, safe to live with, kind to the planet, totally efficient and will outlive you."  Cool in summer, warm in winter.  Uses only 14% of the embodied energy used to make glass fibre insulation, paying back its manufacturing energy cost seven times faster.   Fibre adapts to shape of rafters, joists and studs to provide a permanently tight fit.  Not an irritant or a health hazard.  Already has higher fire resistance than cellulose and cellular plastic insulants; it does not burn but rather melts away and extinguishes itself - but treated with a natural fire-proofing agent.  Technical specification on website - technical sales office helpline 0870 2406715.  Blend of wool from 4 breeds of hill farmed sheep. At the end of its useful life, product can be recycled for other environmentally friendly applications.  Case studies on site: used in Creekside Education Centre, Deptford; Ullswater farmhouse, WWF Scotland HQ.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Simplee Solar 
Tel 01202 828264  Fax 01202 822308
25B Woolsbridge Industrial Park, Three legged Cross, WIMBORNE, Dorset BH21 6SP
East Branch: Cedar Suite, Harvest House, Lynderswood, London Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8QN, Tel 01245 362100  Fax 01245 363644
Email info@simpleesolar.co.uk  Website  
Contacts  R. Rice, D. Mead 

Supplies solar power panels producing hot water and heating.  'Solar powered energy systems that provide up to 100% of your household hot water requirements during the year'.  Commissions include a system for a British Antarctic Research Team South Pole weather station.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Solar Trade Association
Tel 01908 442290  Fax 0870 0529194
Email  enquiries@solartradeassociation.org.uk  Website  www.solartradeassociation.org.uk
The National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES MK5 8NG

Association comprised of businesses manufacturing, installing and selling solar installations.  This covers thermal and PV applications, but the largest market is for domestic production of hot water, including the heating of swimming pools.  Has a code of practice, and serves as a national enquiry centre.  All manufacturers in the UK are members, and they include one of the largest solar companies in the world, exporting to over 40 countries.  "Connects people with the sun."  What more could one desire?   (Updated May 2004)

Tel 01244 403407 (11am-8pm Mon-Fri)   Free brochure 0845 1300 137  
Surveys/quotes 0845 1300 137   Fax 01244 403654
Email  hi@solartwin.com   Website  www.solartwin.com 
2nd Floor, 50 Watergate Street, CHESTER CH1 2LA

Fits solar-pumped hot water systems for washing and bathing, usually in a day - no antifreeze chemicals.  Simple install, joining existing pipes. 100% solar electric pump.  5 year performance warranty.  Grants available (application forms on website) - £500 off installation cost.  Installation info on site.  Training seminars arranged.   (Updated May 2004)

South Midlands Renewable Energy Advice Centre -
now NEF Renewables.  See National Energy Foundation

Stepping Forward 
Tel 01865 250818 
Website www.steppingforward.org.uk  Email
c/o Best Foot Forward, The Future Centre, 115 Magdalen Road, OXFORD OX4 1RQ
General enquiries - Claire Stentiford at Best Foot Forward 

Project encompassing resource flow analysis, ecological footprint analysis and sustainability assessment of the entire South West England region.  Different research responsibilities were allocated between Best Foot Forward (see above), and Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) www.esd.co.uk (or also see our section 450 Energy Use and Climate Change for similar organisations).  For further information and technical details on certain components covered in the report, you can contact the relevant researchers from their website's Contact section. 

The website is the primary publication medium for the project's series of reports.  Two of the six reports have been printed, but all six are available online.  Visitors can browse through the reports page-by-page online, or download PDF versions.  The website presents a huge amount of technical information in many pages (130+), with clear layout and simple navigation.  Results are presented in a series of separate reports, each providing detail on a different aspect of the project.  The Summary Report draws together key findings from the whole project.  Seven main themes or components, each discussed in terms of consumption, ecological footprint and associated CO2 emissions, with any other significant issues. Scenarios for some components examine effects of changes such as new technology, potential future consumption and implementation of current government targets of reduction.  They take current national and regional targets and best practice into consideration.  Components are:  Energy, Materials, products and waste, Food, Transport, Water, Land use, Emissions to air.  Presented results give an overview of project findings. Individual reports give in-depth analysis and methodology descriptions.  Website designed by Lumpy Lemon, see section 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants.  Project funded by Biffaward, South West Regional Development Agency and South West England Environment Trust.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Sundance Renewables
Tel 0845 458 2397 (local rate) / 01269 842401  Fax 01269 842397
Website www.sundancerenewables.org.uk  Email info@sundancerenewables.org.uk 
Excal House, Capel Hendre Industrial Estate, AMMANFORD, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA18 3SJ

Non-profit, worker owned co-operative for renewable energy and sustainability.  Achieved European Quality Standard EN14214 for biodiesel ("liquid solar energy") made with locally sourced used vegetable oil, in a community based production plant.  This is the first time an industrial process of this nature has been undertaken as a non- profit taking enterprise.  Supplies biodiesel off the pump, in 25litre containers, or 1000litre IBCs (industrial bulk carriers).  Also offers a local collection service of used vegetable oil in West Wales, for local businesses and organisations.   Weekly, fortnightly or monthly; 10 or 20 litre drums provided.  Keen to see process replicated elsewhere as a sustainable community venture.  Runs training courses on how to set up community enterprises to produce biodiesel.  Can follow on with a ' hand holding package' to make biodiesel in your community.  Offers feasibility studies, business plans, PPC permit applications, to a full design and installation service with operator training and ongoing support.  "Local communities collecting used vegetable oil to produce and sell locally as a renewable biofuel is one of the most environmentally friendly and empowering things you can do. The transport sector is responsible for about a third of global carbon emissions, and if we are to seriously tackle climate change we cannot afford to miss this opportunity to reduce the impact of fossil diesel with environmentally friendly biodiesel."  Also able to install renewable energy systems: solar electric PV, solar hot water, wind turbines, small hydropower, biomass heating or CHP.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Symonds Travers Morgan

Tel 0207 421 2000 Fax 0207 421 2222
Head Office, 24/30 Holborn, LONDON EC1N 2LX

Large environmental engineering, transport and waste management consultancy - part of Compagnie General des Eaux.  Skills include air quality, contaminated waste water, landscape and development planning, environmental auditing and management, recycling and waste to energy.  Nine offices in England and Wales.  Reading office: 202 Kings Road, Reading, Berks RG1 4JJ, Tel 01734 573350.  Office at Newark, Notts operates as Symonds Power & Energy, an energy consultancy specialising in CHP systems.

Thermafleece - see Second Nature

Ubbink (UK) Ltd 
Tel 01280 700211  Fax 0 1280 705332  Email info@ubbink.co.uk
Website www.ubbink.co.uk/rlw/sunpipe/sunpipe.htmwww.ubbink.co.uk/solar/solosun.htm
Borough Road, BRACKLEY, Northants NN13 7TB

Heating, ventilation, roofing and building product suppliers.  Includes sun pipes, ducting natural light into previously darker room areas.  Sells photovoltaic (PV) solar energy panels for any building, claimed simple, reliable, affordable.  Installs like a roof window, with hidden gutters and watertight lead.  Fits any roof: all sloping tile- or slate-covered roofs with black or terracotta ribbed lead flashing, or flat roofs.  Light hits the panel sending energy directly to building's electric system.  If more power is supplied than used, the remainder transfers to electricity grid.  Single or double panels; additional modules can be added.  Only supplies power if connected to the grid - if connection is broken, a safeguard stops power and voltage supply.  All sections pre-assembled and integrated.  Installation subject to approval of your electricity supplier.  (Updated Oct 2004)

Unit[e] -
see Good Energy above

Virtual House

Tel 01483 444309  
Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, GUILDFORD, Surrey GU2 4BB

Guildford Borough Council's website has a delightful 'mouseover' diagram of different rooms in a house, with many energy saving tips and other useful information.  Simple to use, well-thought out tips within each room.   www.guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordWeb/Environment/Virtual%20House/Virtual%20House.htm  (Updated Feb 2005)


Tel  0141 353 6841  Fax 0141 353 6842
www.windsave.com  info@windsave.com
27 Woodside Place, Glasgow G3 7QL
Contact  Graham Reed, Sales Director

Makes 'Plug 'n' Save' wind turbines for roof-tops so homes and businesses can generate their own renewable energy, reducing what they buy ( typically by one third of the bill) from a utility company.  Developer of slow-turn generator, producing supplementary electricity without batteries, from winds of only 5mph.  Simply plug into a 13 amp socket.  Virtually noiseless.  Roof or wall-mounted: can be fitted to most buildings, reducing bills, CO2 emissions (contributing to climate change) and reliance on limited fossil fuels.  Each generator will reduce CO2 emissions by about half a tonne a year.  Small generators avoid the objections and planning problems of bigger schemes, but have a high cumulative output.  Position must be chosen carefully - some buildings not suitable.  FAQ on website.  With government cashback or grant (see website), payback within 5 years.   (Updated Aug 2005)

Yes to Wind
Email  info@yes2wind.com   Website  www.yes2wind.com 
(Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF are the contact addresses - see 400) 

Campaign providing information and resources for the public to support wind farm proposals locally, produced by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF.  Website has clear info on 'why wind?', windfarm locations, how wind turbines work, energy efficiency, economics and jobs.  Addresses and answers common public concerns, including visual effect, noise, tourism, effects on birds, and explains Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).  Links to community owners, windfarm developers, small systems suppliers, government grants; climate change, environment and renewables websites; further wind power information, and anti-wind groups.  (Updated May 2004)