Your at-a-glance guide to the key players tackling the climate crisis in the UK.
As the national conversation around climate change becomes louder, you’re likely to see more and more companies and organisations taking part in the discussion. Here are some of the major organisations you should know about, organised by category.
Association for Environmentally Conscious Buildings
A UK network of individuals and companies with the common aim of promoting sustainable building.
An independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard – the leading international low energy standard for buildings.
UK Green Building Council
A membership organisation that aims to radically transform the way the built environment in the UK is planned, designed, constructed and maintained.
Carbon Footprint Calculators
The world’s leading independent conservation organisation.
Good with Money
Tips, guidance facts and inspiration for putting money in a place where it can improve the world
Working with savers and institutional investors to ensure our communities and environment are safe and sustainable for all.
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
The UK’s membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services.
The UK’s non-departmental public body, supported by the government to protect and enhance the environment and promote sustainable development.
A joint initiative between the government and insurers to make flood cover part of household insurance policies more affordable.
National Flood Forum
A national charity supporting flood risk communities around the UK.
Food and farming
LEAF (linking environment and farming) is the leading organisation promoting sustainable food and farming.
National Farmers Union
The voice of British farming.
Nature Friendly Farming Network
Aims to unite farmers and the public with a passion for wildlife and sustainability in farming.
RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
A public service established in 2017 to think afresh about where our food comes from.
The UK’s leading food and farming charity and organic certification body.
Sustainable Food Alliance
A global voice for sustainable food systems.
Heat and power
Energy Networks Association
The voice of UK energy networks, representing the 'wires and pipes' transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
The trade association for the UK’s energy industry with more than 100 members across a broad spectrum of the sector.
National Grid ESO
The UK’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) tasked with balancing supply and demand in real time.
Media and news
The UK's leading source of information for the green economy, delivering the latest news and in-depth analysis on green business and environmental issues.
Cover climate science and climate and energy policy, specialising in clear, data-driven articles to improve the understanding of climate change.
Climate Citizens Assembly
An assembly of citizens gather to learn, debate, and make recommendations on the issue of climate change.
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, providing informed debate on energy and climate change.
Daily news and commentary for sustainability, energy and environmental professionals.
UK source of intelligence for environmental professionals, delivering news, analysis and reference across the carbon, environmental and sustainability agenda.
Land and forestry
The Confederation of Forest Industries, shortened to ConFor, is the trade association for the forestry industry in the UK.
Countryside Landowners Association
The membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.
A non-ministerial department dedicated to increasing the value of woodlands to society and the environment.
The UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.
A not-for-profit research and campaign organisation which publishes information on the social, ethical and environmental behaviour of companies and issues around trade justice and ethical consumption.
A lifestyle website that aims to work toward “a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck”.
A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.
The UK’s first portal for clean technology promoting climate action for both mitigation and adaptation.
Environmental NGOs and campaigns
The Climate Coalition
The Climate Coalition is the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change.
An international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.
Friends of the Earth
An environmental campaigning community dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of the natural world and everyone in it.
A movement of people passionate about defending the natural world from destruction.
An independent think tank and charity focused on ambitious leadership for the environment.
UK Student Climate Network
UKSCN is a group of mostly under 18s taking to the streets to protest the government’s lack of action on the climate crisis.
Renewable and sustainable energy
Centre for Alternative Technology
Offering practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero-carbon world.
The Energy Saving Trust
A social enterprise dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation and the sustainable use of energy.
The UK’s leading not-for-profit renewable energy trade association.
Sustainable Energy Association
A member-based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that link up building-level technologies and the wider renewables community.
The Renewable Energy Association
The UK's largest renewable energy and clean technology body, representing over 550 member companies
Bringing together people interested in renewable energy.
Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations
A global hub for understanding the systemic and society-wide transformations that are required to address climate change.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities within the UK.
International Universities Climate Alliance
Providing a central hub for universities to share the latest climate research with the public and enable greater collaboration between leading research teams, supporting global leaders, policy makers and industry in planning for and responding to climate change.
The national weather service for the UK, providing internationally-renowned weather and climate science services.
An organisation bringing together UK scientists, economists and engineers to tackle the challenges of the climate crisis.
Aviation Environment Forum
A UK-based organisation campaigning for aviation’s impacts on people and the environment to be brought within sustainable limits.
Dedicated to creating a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution.
Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
A public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels.
The charity that makes it easier for everyone to walk and cycle in the UK.
A guide to help drivers locate and update EV charge points in the UK and Ireland with advice, help, and tools on charging points and electric vehicles.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy.
SAS Plastic Free
Working to create a community network that encourages life without single-use plastics.
The national recycling campaign for England.
WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.
The trade association representing the UK’s water companies, working towards better policies for the future of water.
An independent not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation promoting water efficiency and conservation throughout the UK.
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