The National Energy Foundation: Better UK Energy

Renewable energy, natural disasters and global warming have certainly been hot topics in the past decade or so, but the National Energy Foundation have been part of the UK renewable energy scene since the 90’s. We take a look at everything there is to know about the National Energy Foundation below. Read on to learn more.

National Energy Foundation: Who are they?

The National Energy Foundation was set up in 1990, with the vision of advising UK residents on renewable energy use and climate change prevention measures. The foundation has facilitated the installation of energy saving measures and promoted renewable energy sources in the UK.

The organisation is a charitable one, although they do technically have a trading company name as well - National Energy Services Ltd.

The National Energy Foundation have tackled many different aspects of UK energy. These aspects include; energy saving, renewable energy, energy efficiency accreditation and Co2 calculation.

The organisation also acknowledges that despite the fact that global warming or climate change is a global issue, appropriate energy solutions often come at a local rather than global level. In line with this philosophy, the National Energy Foundation have been responsible for many different UK based energy projects and initiatives over the years (which we will explore further below).

National Energy Foundation Projects

The National Energy Foundation has been involved in many UK based initiatives over the years, and their legacy includes, but is not limited to, the following projects.

Renewable energy for homes, communities and SMEs

A large amount of energy in the UK is sourced from fossil fuels and nuclear power stations. The National Energy foundation seeks to reduce emissions overall and has expressed doubts surrounding the safe disposal of nuclear waste.

Renewable energy is of course an umbrella term used to identify many different types of power sources including solar energy, wind power, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy.

The National Energy Foundation works to proactively promote renewable energy and sustainable development. Some of the NEF renewable energy based projects include the following:

  • The Log Pile Project: Ensuring the proper use of wood as a sustainable energy source.
  • Grasping Climate (ACT): Developing the understanding of how energy use impacts our environment in schools, with a focus on the impact of individual choices in everyday life on sustainability. This project develops methods and lessons for teachers to work with pupils on themed projects.
  • PROGEM: Vehicle Display: The Green Energy Machine (GEM) with renewable energy focused demonstrations for schools and events open to the public.

Secondly, NEF also provides a range of services aimed at promoting renewable energy. These services include training courses, consultancy, education in schools and advice/information.

The National Energy Foundation is also home to a number of trade associations, including The Solar Trade Association, The British Photovoltaic Association and The Ground Source Heat Pump Club.

The Anglia East Energy Efficiency Advice Centre

NEF, in association with Broadland District Council Norfolk and the Energy Saving Trust have completed a UK network of 52 Energy Efficiency Advice Centres (EEACs). These centres provide free and expert advice on energy to Norfolk and Suffolk residents.

School Education, Information Projects and Kits

The Foundation runs a locally based schools project in the South Midlands for children aged 4 to 18. The educational program is designed to teach students about sources of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.

The Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme

The Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme is the UK's only independent award, granted to leading organisations in industry, commerce and the public sector for the reduction of energy use.

Since its inception the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme has been transferred to the Carbon Trust. The National Energy Foundation still remains in charge of scheme operations and management however, with the Carbon Trust responsible for marketing the scheme.

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