‘Future heritage’: Ecotricity and English Heritage launch green energy partnership

Ecotricity has today announced it has teamed up with English Heritage for a new campaign designed to both attract green energy customers and improve the energy efficiency of historic sites across the country.

Under the partnership, English Heritage is to appoint 10 green energy champions who will be mentored by Ecotricity and provided with advice on how to improve energy efficiency and lower energy consumption across the group’s top 20 sites.

At the same time a new Ecotricity sign up will see the green energy specialist donate money to English Heritage for everyone who switches their energy supply to its green tariff.

The donations have been earmarked to fund the creation of a new, full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, who will take responsibility for reducing sites’ carbon emissions.

Rob Woodside, estates director at English Heritage, said the campaign would help deliver both financial and environmental savings.

 “As a new charity with ambitions to become entirely financially independent by 2023, English Heritage needs to be looking at different ways in which it can save money and our new partnership with Ecotricity will enable English Heritage to do just that,” he said in a statement. “With Ecotricity’s support, we will effectively monitor and review energy consumption at our collection of over 400 historic sites, putting environmental sustainability first to help improve the charity’s green credentials and encourage English Heritage Members, staff and volunteers to consider their own carbon footprint.”

The partnership was also welcomed by Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince. “English Heritage are responsible for some of our oldest and most beautiful sites, but have the vision to be involved with renewable energy schemes – which we think of as future heritage,” he said. “History doesn’t stand still and neither are English Heritage, which is great to see.”

SOURCE: Business Green