Active Activities & Programmes


Retrofit for the Future revealed catalysed the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK, with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property. Retrofit for the Future Projects - data analysis report summarises the data analysis and provides a qualitative assessment of the final reports produced by Retrofit for the Future project teams. It contains valuable and practical findings for anyone planning a retrofit project.

Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG)
SWIG was conceived in 2008 by a group who came together with the idea of applying some 'whole system thinking' to sustainable water management; i.e. pulling together several strands to give a better and more sustainable result. Participants include manufacturers, installers, professionals, consultants, designers, academics and others from across industry.

Water UK represents all UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level. We provide a positive framework for the water industry to engage with government, regulators, stakeholder organisations and the public.

Waterwise is a UK NGO focused on decreasing water consumption in the UK by 2010 and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency. We are the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK.

Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS)
The GRaBS project is a network of leading pan-European organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional planning and development. The project has been co-financed by the European Union's Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and made possible by the INTERREG IVC Programm.

Living With Environmental Change (LWEC)
LWEC is an ambitious and innovative partnership of UK government departments and agencies, devolved administrations, local government and research councils. The partnership benefits from a business advisory board which draws on the expertise of business leaders across diverse financial and industrial sectors.

Among other strategic activities LWES partners are taking forward a multi-institutional flood research strategy which will look at short, medium and long term needs for useable information, and cost-effective response options. Visit the UK First Flood Research Strategy page for further details.

Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC)
Adaptation and Resilience in a Changing Climate (ARCC) brings together research projects involving existing buildings and infrastructure, including transport and water resource systems in the urban environment. The £6M programme will enable the design of urban systems that are more resilient to climate change. ARCC has been developed in order to build upon on the successes of the EPSRC/UKCIP programme Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC) and the knowledge transfer and networking activity Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC).

Civils Contingencies Secretariat
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) established in 2001 sits within the Cabinet Office at the heart of central government. We work in partnership with government departments, the devolved administrations and key stakeholders to enhance the UK's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The CCS aims to ensure that the UK and its communities remain a safe and secure place to live and work, by effectively identifying and managing the risk of emergencies, and maintaining world-class capabilities to respond to and recover from emergencies.

The Climatewise is an insurance industry initiative to set up to analyse and reduce risks, support climate awareness amongst the public, incorporate climate change into investment strategies, inform and engage in public policy debate, and reduce the environmental impact of the insurance business.

Department for Energy and Climate Change
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, to bring together energy policy (previously with BIS - the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills), and climate change mitigation policy (previously with Defra - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). We face unprecedented challenges to our environment, our economy, and the future security of our energy supplies – and the decisions we make now will affect the planet and our way of life for generations to come. DECC exists to tackle these challenges.

Department of Health Sustainable Development Unit
Preparedness for floods: Weather patterns are changing and instances of severe weather that could cause flooding are increasing. All NHS trusts should therefore develop contingency plans in case of flooding and flood risk should be considered when siting facilities. Website includes other links including: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Environment Agency on Flooding, etc.

Energy Saving Trust
Non-profit organisation that provides free impartial advice tailored to suit you. Our advice can help you save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum supports and advises communities and individuals that have been flooded or are at risk of flooding. It aims to influence central and local government and all agencies that manage flood risk. Is a charity run by people who have experienced the trauma, loss and frustration that go with flooding or have first hand experience of supporting the victims of flooding both during and after the event.

Nature Reports: Climate change
An online resource from Nature Publishing Group, Nature Reports: Climate Change covers the news behind the science and the science behind the news of global climate change, arguably the most far-reaching challenge of this century. The site is dedicated to authoritative in-depth reporting on climate change and its wider implications for policy, society and the economy.

Real Climate Organisation
Is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science.

UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)
UKCIP helps organisations to adapt to inevitable climate change. While it's essential to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of past emissions will continue to be felt for decades. Since 1997 UKCIP has been working with the public, private and voluntary sectors to assess how a changing climate will affect construction, working practices, demand for goods and services, biodiversity, service delivery and health.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty – UNFCCC to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures.