Biomass and the Trust

We have committed to generating 50 per cent of all the energy we use from renewable sources by 2020. This is being driven by our £30 million Renewable Energy Investment Programme (REIP), launched last year. The good news is that we’re already making inroads into achieving this challenging target with over 30 renewable projects currently…

Fit for the Future wins golden delicious Green Apple award

There’s not much that can drag our Welsh environmental team away from the mountains. However, yesterday evening we all made a special visit to the Houses of Parliament to attend the International Green Apple Awards. And it was worth the trip, as our Fit for the Future work was awarded the coveted ‘Gold’ Green Apple Award…

Solar Planning and our Precious Places- the Big Debate

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Here at National Trust we think solar PV is a fantastic renewable technology. It’s set to become the cheapest low-carbon technology based on current projections, and it is argued that solar will put a ceiling on our rising energy costs, not…

The Wonderful World of a Green Champion

My recent exploration into the realms of changing energy behaviours revealed a mysterious character whom I was yet to come across. This character resides at our properties and goes by the name ‘Green Champion’. They may not actually have magical powers, but they can certainly instigate small but profound changes in our attitudes towards energy;…

The social benefits of community energy

New research by The National Trust highlights that community owned renewables do deliver social benefits in addition to economic and environmental ones. In the space of forty years the Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn saw its social fabric slowly ebb away. It lost the cornerstones of its local society – its shops, petrol station and pub.…