A network to connect leading sustainability experts and energy champions across charities and land-owning organisations was launched in November 2014 by the National Trust, Good Energy, Ashden and other partners. The Fit for the Future Network aims is to encourage them to share best practice about how to reduce their carbon footprint. Members will work together to minimise their use of carbon and improve their resilience against rising energy costs.
Speaking at the launch, the National Trust’s Director General Dame Helen Ghosh said: “Our coastlines are crumbling and we are battling new pests, diseases, droughts and floods as a result of climate change. As a conservation charity, it’s unacceptable that our energy costs could increase by millions of pounds over the next decade. To tackle these issues, we’ve set ourselves ambitious targets to use 20% less energy, halve our fossil fuel use and generate 50% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. But we need support to achieve these targets. I’m delighted to be working with our partner Good Energy and other organisations in this new network.”
The National Trust alone looks after around 255,000 hectares of UK land, more than 300 historic buildings and 742 miles of coastline. It is an Ashden Gold Award winner.
Photo credits: Ascott House, Buckinghamshire, National Trust / UKGardenPhotos / Flickr
When it comes to the future of shared assets, from the countryside to heritage buildings, nothing can be ascertained without key stakeholders on board. This initiative could be a sign of rising recognition that cross-sector collaborations are needed to meet sustainable development targets.