Are Scotland’s charities missing out on renewable energy and energy-efficiency upgrades?


Nick Gubbins
Nick Gubbins

Community Energy Scotland – which is also a registered charity – is researching energy issues affecting Scotland’s Third Sector organisations. 

The research will focus on the needs of the Scottish charities in areas like upgrading the energy efficiency of buildings run by local, regional or national charities, and the barriers to adopting new technologies – such as woodfuel boilers, heat pumps and photovoltaic arrays.

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland, explained:Energy costs consume cash which would otherwise be available for delivering services, so it is very important that the energy overhead is minimised.  Some buildings may need upgrades to make them fit for purpose, especially where services are being provided to older people, children or those with medical needs.’

“Many public sector organisations, households and businesses are all moving ahead with renewable energy and energy efficiency work, but we feel that the charity sector may be missing out.’

“If your charity delivers a service to your users from a building and has energy issues you wish could be addressed, then please make contact with us.  We will gather data about your building and usage and see how your premises might benefit from upgrading energy efficiency, controls or some renewable energy generation.’

Our aim is to produce an evidence-based report highlighting the energy issues faced by Scottish charities and identifying common actions which could make sure the charity sector is not losing out on innovation or the switch to renewable energy generation on -site.”

If your charity wants to take part, complete the survey:

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