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Organisations that can help you take action

There are lots of organisations that can help you take action on energy. Take a look at the help available and discover what other schools are doing.

Energy Sparks is a registered charity providing an online energy management tool and education programme, specifically designed to help UK schools reduce their electricity and gas usage, through the analysis of smart meter data. Energy Sparks helps pupils and the wider school community to reduce their school’s carbon emissions and make a real contribution to addressing the ‘climate emergency’.  Using a school’s electricity, gas and solar data, Energy Sparks shows pupils, staff and volunteers how much energy the school is using each day. The unique online tool presents bespoke analysis of the energy data with suggestions of actions the school community could take to save energy and reduce the school’s carbon emissions. Energy Sparks has over 100 energy and sustainability education activities and accompanying resources that pupils can participate in through eco-teams or curriculum learning. To enrol your school or Multi-Academy Trust, visit https://energysparks.uk/enrol 

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England  

Green Schools Project’s Zero Carbon Schools Programme is a series of pupil sessions, teacher training and community engagement that supports pupils to learn more about climate change and schools to reduce their carbon emissions. The programme explores the causes and effects of the climate crisis, investigates schools’ carbon footprints and enables pupils to design projects to reduce carbon emissions and inspire climate action. It starts after October half term and runs until the end of the school year. Find out more, register an interest and sign up here!

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England 

GetZero helps young people save energy to reduce energy and carbon emissions at home, while learning about green skills and careers.

We offer 15-19 year olds in secondary schools and Further Education a free gamified student app and supporting class-room resources. Students gain foundational knowledge about climate change through curriculum aligned lessons, then can use the app to explore how to reduce household emissions through a ‘digital twin’ of their home.

GetZero also provides information and tools to help students and their career advisors find the right training pathways to be job-ready for the green economy. Your schools can sign up for the GetZero app and programme at https://www.getzero.earth/#signup

Eden Sustainable is a proud partner of Let’s Go Zero. They develop, fund and operate solar pv systems at a number of schools, multi-academy trusts and further education establishments across the UK. 

Successful installations include The Wellacre Academy Manchester and Oasis Community Learning (one of the UKs largest MATs).

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England 

Solar for Schools helps schools to cut CO2, save money and enhance the teaching of energy and climate change. Founded seven years ago, Solar for Schools has helped over 80 schools to install solar, many of them at zero cost. With a fully-funded system, schools only pay for the solar energy they use and have no ongoing costs. Funded through a non-profit ethical platform called a Community Benefit Society, schools also receive any surpluses generated by their systems. At the heart of each project lies a strong educational aspect; Solar for Schools believes students can learn from their school buildings, not just inside them. The panels on the roof are linked to the curriculum in the classroom, offering a hands-on way for students to deepen their understanding of sustainability and decarbonisation.

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England 

eEnergy is a leading digital energy services company, transforming schools and colleges into sustainable powerhouses by tackling energy waste and making Net Zero achievable, all without the need for upfront capital investment.

They champion the transition to cleaner energy and substantially reduced energy consumption (and thus lower running costs) through energy procurement services, LED lighting, on-site solar generation and EV charging integration, all while optimising consumption through the innovative MY ZeERO energy monitoring platform. Access to live data via MY ZeERO means investment can be targeted to where it can be most impactful, positively inform behaviours and engage pupils/students via curriculum integration.

Saving schools a staggering £66m in energy costs and eliminating over 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, they’ve completed over 800 successful efficiency projects in UK schools, so they understand the challenges (and opportunities) the education sector face.

To see how schools & colleges can start cutting energy costs and carbon straight away, with no upfront investment, visit their website.

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England 

Energy Heroes is an award winning and fully funded programme for primary schools in Yorkshire that teaches about climate change and energy use through current key stage 2 maths curriculum objectives. The programme aims to improve maths skills whilst delivering valuable content that can save schools and families money and help to tackle the causes of the climate and ecological crisis.

 

Regions they work in, face-to-face: Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire 

West Mercia Energy is a leading Public Buying Organisation, with over 30 years’ experience providing energy services to the public sector through our range of DfE approved energy frameworks. Specialising solely in managing energy contracts for the public sector, including for over 2,000 schools and academies. WME are committed to supporting our customers to achieve their specific net zero ambitions and working collectively to achieve the Government’s net zero pledge. Our “Use Cleaner, Use Less”, campaign is designed to help our customers to reduce their consumption as far as possible, however, we accept that the public sector will always be a larger energy consumer. That is why we ensure the energy that our procured energy, is the cleanest possible and are proud supporters of Let’s Go Zero.

Regions they work in:  England 

Barker is one of the UK Education sector’s most trusted property consultants and we are proud to partner with Ashden and Let’s Go Zero. We have helped schools across the UK save money and reduce carbon emissions by helping develop and implement transformative energy strategies.

We can help you;

  • Identify savings opportunities through energy audits
  • Check your energy use through metering and monitoring
  • Secure capital investment through funding applications and advice
  • Take action by designing and delivering energy efficiency projects

 

Please VISIT OUR WEBSITE or CONTACT US to discover how we can support you on your journey to Net Zero.

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England

Need Inspiration?

Find out how schools around the UK are taking action on climate change

Watch our Webinar on reducing energy use in your school 

Running order:

  • 0 – 6mins – Update on Let’s Go Zero
  • 6 – 18mins – Patricia Opalko, governor from St Edmunds Primary, Maidenhead
  • 18 – 26mins – Rob Pavey, headteacher from Cheney Secondary School
  • 26 – 32mins – Q+A
  • 32 – 44mins- Claudia Towner, Energy Sparkes
  • 44mins – end Final Q+A/ closing remarks

Schools are also advised to contact your local authority to see what they offer in terms of support.

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