We are celebrating the matchmaking successes of what’s been described as our ‘environmental dating agency’, the Fit for the Future Network. A new report reveals how its members – which include RNLI, Oxfam GB, the Royal Household and RSPB – have collectively saved nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the past year.
A partnership with sustainability charity Ashden, the Network was created because we realised that a lot more can be done to tackle environmental challenges if organisations work together.
Just over two years in, more than 100 groups have collaborated and shared knowledge through the Network including some of the UK’s biggest landowners, charities, universities and museums.
The Network’s new report reveals how adopting sustainable practices can make a real difference to the organisations involved. The National Trust has saved enough money on electricity bills this year to pay for 36 kilometres of footpath restoration, whilst the RNLI’s expected income and savings from renewables could pay for 10 inshore rescue boats per year.
It’s good news for our natural environment, too. Network members have collectively saved nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2015. This is the equivalent to making 1,766 trips around the world in an average petrol car.
They’re also generating 5.5% of their energy using renewables like solar and hydro power, lowering their energy bills, and curbing their use of fossil fuels.
Our director general, Dame Helen Ghosh, said: “The Fit for the Future Network has grown into a really powerful movement for effective action on climate change thanks to all the hard work of practitioners from the organisations involved. The National Trust and Ashden set up the Network because we believed that collaboration is one of the best tools we have to mitigate its threat.”
A range of National Trust staff have been involved from head gardeners, catering leads and rangers to engineers and environmental advisors. We’ve worked with the RNLI to harvest clean energy from the sea, the Youth Hostel Association to help save energy at their hostels, Chatsworth House to curb their dependency on oil and Scottish Canals to help them get their first Environment Strategy off the ground.
Take a look at the full report and find out more about our Fit for the Future Network here.