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 a free 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 

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 

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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