The Fit for the Future Network has released its latest impact report, which reveals Network members have collectively saved an estimated £1.2m on energy bills and reduced carbon emissions by over 4,000 tonnes.
Fit for the Future Network has been supporting practitioners to reduce their environmental impact and become resilient in the face of climate change. This report highlights the success of the Network and our members over the last year, and sets out the vision of Fit for the Future.
Some of the standout achievements include an estimated financial saving for members of £1.2m on their energy bills, a 10.3 GWH increase in renewable energy capacity – which is enough energy to power 8834 homes! – and a reduction in carbon emissions of over 4,000 tonnes.
Fit for the Future members are demonstrating that reducing energy bills and managing environmental impacts makes business sense. Money saved can be driven back into their organisation’s core purpose; for example, Oxfam’s savings from transport costs in 2016 could pay for clean water for a quarter of a million people. Guide Dog’s energy savings could pay for two Guide Dog Partnerships.
The success of the Network is achieved by bringing practitioners together so that they can share best practise and collaborate. We believe that 9 times out of 10 the solution you need is already out there, and we work to match up our members so they can receive objective advice and share knowledge with peers.
In 2016, Fit for the Future connected 532 practitioners through 26 events across the country, including site visits to newly installed hydro and biomass projects, working groups, networking events, conferences, peer consultancies and energy monitoring workshops. These workshops have helped the rate of reporting and monitoring among members to increase by 40%. You can find out more about these services and benefits, as well as upcoming events, on the Fit for the Future website.
The report is also an opportunity for us to showcase the achievements of individual members, and this year features case studies from the Canal and River Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Chester.
It is the inspiration and the commitment of the members that have enabled Fit for the Future to achieve such success and which have seen it grow to a Network of 80 members from diverse sectors. Later this spring we will launch our new strategy, outlining its direction over the next four years and ensuring that it continues to support members as they seek to reduce their environmental impact and become resilient in the face of climate change.