We support a number of initiatives that raise awareness of environmental issues and help protect local environments.

We encourage our employees to volunteer their time, talents and knowledge to their local communities. Our conservation projects give them the chance to make a real difference to local projects and give our employees a much deeper understanding of the issues our industry will continue to face in the future.

Over the years, we have supported a number of environmental projects close to our operating sites through the Landfill Tax Community Fund. In 2011, we supported three different projects through this fund:

  • In Beaulieu, Hampshire, we contributed £3,000 to the Countryside Education Trust towards the restoration of Goswell Brook valley mire. The funds also went towards the improvement of woodland paths.
  • We contributed £1,420 to Wick and District Play Group for the development of a bog garden and habitat within a community bio-diversity garden.
  • We also donated around £1,300 to the Earth Trust towards the Wittenham wetlands project in Oxfordhshire. This project is aiming to restore and enhance a wetland habitat, to create a landscape populated by amphibians and other wetland species.

Working with the National Trust

We have a partnership with the National Trust, Europe’s largest conservation organisation. We supply them with renewable energy, work with them to offer their members a green energy tariff and make National Trust properties more energy efficient. In 2011, using contributions from our National Trust Green Energy tariff fund, we supported the Trust in installing a ground source heat pump at Powys Castle, in Welshpool, to provide renewable heat at the Trust property. Through our Low Carbon Village project, we are also working with the Trust to encourage two National Trust villages to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Low Carbon Village project is a joint initiative between RWE npower and the National Trust, encouraging two National Trust-owned villages to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

The aim is to develop positive and practical solutions that help people to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes and community. RWE npower funding, which totals £600,000, ensures all houses make basic energy saving improvements first.

Both the National Trust and RWE npower believe that the successes and learning from the Low Carbon Village project have great value. We therefore worked with Forum for the Future to enable other villages and communities to put low carbon living into practice.