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Blog Post 1 October 2021

How our programmes are helping everyone address the climate emergency

The climate emergency affects everyone. It has a disproportionate impact on people and communities that already experience various forms of disadvantage and marginalisation.  This includes women, disabled people, people who experience racism, and people on low-incomes.

For National Inclusion Week, we’ve gathered some highlights from the programmes we deliver across the UK and internationally that are working to support those who are often most marginalised in our societies.

Reaching vulnerable communities in Wales and Northern Ireland

Our programmes in Wales aim to reach all parts of society to ensure everyone can access and benefit from support. The Nest scheme has supported a diverse range of people across Wales, and our partnerships with a variety of organisations help ensure widespread awareness of the scheme, which offers free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements. Partnership Development Managers play a key role in building these relationships, helping us reach those who need support by collaborating with organisations such as Age Cymru, Mind Cymru, Stroke Association, and more.


Ensuring accessible travel in Scotland

The Scottish transport workplan is aligned with the National Transport Strategy, which is focused on taking climate change action as a core priority, while also reducing inequalities, to deliver inclusive economic growth and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Embedding inclusivity in Efficiency for Access’ work

Efficiency for Access and its flagship initiative, the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA) programme makes enormous efforts to embed inclusivity and accessibility in its work.

Globally, more than one billion people need one or more assistive products, which can help them to lead a healthy and productive life. However, over 900 million people who require these products lack access to them. Access to assistive technologies, such as hearing aids, communication switchboards and mobility aids is also far lower in developing countries, especially for women and children.

Overcoming communication barriers in Scotland

At Home Energy Scotland, which is managed by Energy Saving Trust, we understand it can be hard for some people to access information due to language or other barriers. We work with regional equality councils, community groups and our network of partners across Scotland, to help us reach people of all ethnic groups. We continue to seek new partnerships to make sure our energy and money saving assistance reaches far and wide.


Helping charities through the Energy Redress Scheme

Since the Energy Redress Scheme launched, Energy Saving Trust has awarded nearly £30 million to fund over 170 charities across England, Scotland and Wales. These grants have enabled charities to deliver projects that help energy consumers in challenging situations to save energy and money in their homes and to live warmer, more comfortable lives.

Delivering low carbon transport funding to diverse audiences

A significant portion of the 2021/22 Department for Transport workplan is focused around providing tailored, equitable support for organisations of all sizes and types, especially those that find it difficult to access support elsewhere.

Supporting minority ethnic community groups

We’re a partner in Local Energy Scotland – a consortium that manages CARES, the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. CARES gives communities, businesses and other organisations advice and funding in all aspects of local, renewable energy. We have an Equalities Charter and an action plan that directs our work and ensures it’s fair and inclusive.

Last updated: 23 September 2021