Ofgem makes £1m carbon emissions reduction fund available for charities
A new fund to support charity initiatives that reduce the climate change impact associated with energy use has been launched today by the Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.
Managed and delivered by Energy Saving Trust, the Energy Redress Scheme collects voluntary payments from energy companies that may have breached rules to compensate the effects on energy consumers that may have been affected. In line with Ofgem’s strategic approach, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund looks to meet the challenge of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Charles Hargreaves, deputy director of enforcement at Ofgem, said: “We want to support consumers to use greener, affordable forms of energy in order to hit the UK’s net zero emissions target. That’s why Ofgem is making a share of supplier redress payments available to a new fund to support low carbon technologies which will be managed by the Energy Saving Trust as part of our voluntary redress scheme and will help consumers reduce their carbon footprint.”
The first round of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £1 million and is open to charities in England, Scotland and Wales. The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund aims to benefit all domestic energy consumers, not only those in vulnerable situations. The fund awards grants between £50,000 and £500,000 to projects that meet the following criteria:
- demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon
- show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers
- proved to be efficiently managed throughout the project
The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday 11 February 2021.
Charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process are eligible for application. Those interested in applying are encouraged to register by Thursday 14 January 2021. Further information on the fund and guidance for applicants can be found online.