The Department for Business Innovation and Skills mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed.
DECC Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP)
The DECC’S LCBP provides grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies in a range of buildings to include households, community organisations, public, private and the non-profit sectors. Householders can apply for grants of up to £2,500 per property towards the cost of installing a certified product by a certified installer.
The Building Research Establishment (BRE)
The BRE Group is a world leading research, consultancy, training, testing and certification organisation delivering sustainability and innovation across the built environment and beyond.
The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust supports the development of low carbon technologies, and helps business and the public sector cut carbon emissions.
Constructing Excellence is a limited company that aims to deliver improved industry performance resulting in a demonstrably better built environment by bridging gaps between industry, clients, government and the research community. Included in this initiative is the Housing Forum, Local Government Task Force (LGTF) and the Sustainability Forum who all try to raise standards in the industry as well as improving the perceptive of the construction industry.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for enabling everyone to live within our environmental means, most clearly exemplified by the need to:
This newly published page from Defra brings together relevant information on how homeowners and businesses can adapt to the changes caused by climate change. There is information on national legislation, local information and case studies, and access to important links and relevant news stories.
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Because to be ‘sustainable’ involves more than just protecting the environment, the DCLG works to ensure that in developing the built environment, it constructs socially receptive communities. Their key criteria for success are:
Department for Energy and Climate Change
The Department of Energy and Climate Change was created in October 2008, to bring together:
Their three overall objectives are to:
Direct.Gov Carbon Calculator
The Act on C02 Carbon Calculator allows anyone to calculate their carbon footprint through and receive a personalised action plan with recommendations on how you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Ecobuild is the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to sustainable design and construction. It attracts hundreds of suppliers of green building products and services and brings together professionals from all parts of the construction sector. They provide seminars on sustainable construction.
The Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust was established by the Government in 1993 to help the UK attain its targets of a 20% reduction in 1990 C02 levels by 2010. Now a widely respected, not-for-profit organisation, the Energy Saving Trust works to address the damaging effects of climate change.
The Environment Agency are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It is their responsibility to ensure our air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society.
Environment Agency NetRegs
NetRegs is a government body providing guidance to small businesses on environmental issues such as the compliance with government legislation.
Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.
The European Environment Agency
The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public
Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future works with over 120 leading businesses and organisations in an attempt to instigate change in how we treat the planet. Their aim is to see businesses and communities thriving in a sustainable environment, and their methods for achieving this aim are as follows:
Home Information Packs
The Governments site on Home Information Packs provides all you need to know whether you are a buyer, seller or industry professional.
The Planning Portal is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Planning Portal: Interactive House
The Planning Portal interactive house is a visual guide to both the exterior and interior of your home, and provides information on the development and maintenance of your property. It provides guidance and links to more information on issues such as planning permission for renewable technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines and air source heat pumps.
The UK Green Building Council
In 2004, the Government's Sustainable Building Task Group reported that no one body or organisation concerned with sustainability was providing clear direction for the sector as a whole. The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), launched in February 2007, will bring cohesion to the UK green buildings movement. The UK-GBC heads the campaign for a sustainable built environment. Their members, drawn from across industry, NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies, all share this goal.
WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment http://www.wrap.org.uk/
We Support Solar
We Support Solar is a network of companies, NGOs and individuals who want solar power to be an important part of the renewable energy mix in the UK. It is confident that the right investment in solar energy in Britain will create lasting economic, social and environmental change. The group believes that there is a huge opportunity to change the face of British industry with solar energy and that the UK must ’set the standard’ and create effective rewards for those creating and using the clean power source. The cash back scheme, as it is proposed, is a missed opportunity according to the campaign.