Trusts & Associations

A list of green trusts, foundations and associations in the UK and a description of the services these organisations offer

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation that provides free and impartial advice on how to stop wasting energy.

This site also provides a database of potential grants based on your area and circumstances eg, age, house type, current power providers etc

Phone: 0800 512 012 (Customer Advice Line)

England Office
Address: 21 Dartmouth Street, London SW1H 9BP
Phone: 020 7222 0101

Scotland Office
Address: 2nd Floor, Ocean Point 1, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JH
Phone: 0131 555 7900

Wales Office
Address:  Energy Saving Trust Wales, 1 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4DQ
Phone: 029 2046 8340


Renewable Energy Association

The Renewable Energy Association was established in 2001 to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of sustainable energy in the UK. The REA was called the Renewable Power Association until October 2005

REA main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. They undertake policy development and provide input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others. 

Address: Waterloo Place, London SW1 4AR
Phone: 020 7747 1841

UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) was launched in February 2007 to bring clarity, purpose and co-ordination of sustainability strategy to the sector. The Government's ‘Sustainable Buildings Task Group’ had earlier reported that no one body or organisation was providing clear direction for the sector as a whole. The UK-GBC was established to fulfil this role.

They are part of the World Green Building Council federation, membership of which is growing as new chapters are established across the globe.

They are a membership organisation, primarily consisting of businesses from across the industry.  Uniquely, they bring together architects, engineers, investors, product manufacturers, cost consultants, energy suppliers, surveyors, developers, contractors, occupiers – anyone involved in the complex process of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating buildings.

Address: 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Phone: 0207 580 0623

Assocation for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)

The AECB is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. It brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities, to develop, share and promote best practice in environmentally sustainable building. We pride ourselves on our independence, relevance and practicality.

Address: PO Box 32, LLandysul, SA44 5ZA
Phone: 0845 4569773

Building Research Establishment (BRE)

UK’s leading centre for research, development and consultancy for all aspects of the built environment.

Phone: (0)1923 664000

Centre for Sustainable Design

The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.

Address: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Faulkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
Phone: (0)1252 89 2772

Ecotech Centre

Learn about renewable energy, sustainable business practices, organic horticulture and the environment.

Address: Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7HT
Phone: 01760 726 100

Low Carbon Trust

The Low Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 2001 to set up, manage and promote environmental projects. Our main objective is tackling climate change through highlighting the connection between buildings and the carbon emissions their use produces. We do this by running innovative low-carbon construction projects, and training, outreach and education workshops.

Address: Earthship Brighton, Stanmer Park, Brighton, East Sussex, England BN1 9PZ
Phone: 07974 122 770

National Energy Foundation

NEF assist organisations, individuals and communities to reduce their carbon emissions and save money through providing advice and services in the following areas: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Sustainable Energy Training.

Phone: 01908 665 555


West Wales Eco Centre

Primarily WWEC seeks to reduce society’s impact on the environment, in particular its contribution to global warming and unnecessary climate change. This is only possible by taking steps to reduce  demand on the environment, due to  energy use, and making changes to the way society lives so that it reduces its reliance on fossil fuel based energy.

Phone: 01239 820235

Centre for Alternative Technology

They offer solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources.

They demonstrate practical ways of addressing these problems. Leading by example, they aim to show that living more sustainably is not only easy to attain but can provide a better quality of life.

They address every aspect of the average lifestyle - the key areas we work in are renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems.

Phone: 01654 705950 (General Enquiries)

The Permaculture Association

The Permaculture Association is the national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.

Address: Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3BP
Phone: 0845 458 1092


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