Fit for the Future Network

Solar panels, used to power lighting, on the roof of Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre, Norfolk
Getting our places Fit for the Future National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Together with the sustainable energy charity Ashden, we've created a carbon-cutting network to bring together some of the UK’s largest charities and landowners to fight the impact of climate change and rising energy costs.

The Fit for the Future Network, which formally launched on 5 November 2013, allows leading sustainability experts and energy champions across charities and land-owning organisations to learn from each other and share best practice about how to reduce their carbon footprint. Members work together to minimise their use of carbon and improve their resilience against rising energy costs.
Speaking at the launch event our Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh, said:
‘Our coastlines are crumbling and we are battling new pests, diseases, droughts and floods as a result of climate change. It’s a serious issue for us all. As a conservation charity, it’s also unacceptable that our energy costs could increase by millions of pounds over the next decade.

What we have achieved

Since we launched Fit for the Future Network, some of the UK’s top charities and landowners have joined, including The Crown Estate, RSPB, Buckingham Palace, YHA, RNLI, Oxfam and more than 80 others. We have enabled more than 800 sustainability practitioners to share knowledge and experience in more than 27 events, site visits and meetings across the UK.

Working in partnership like this is proving to be very successful; already it has enabled Chatsworth House to install more biomass boilers across their let estate, Scottish Canals to launch a new environmental strategy, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reduce their carbon emissions and Canal and River Trust have to begin building their own ambitious renewable energy projects.  
Find out more about our Fit for the Future Network here