Fit for the Future Network

Plas Newydd networking energy event

Our sustainability network, created in partnership with Ashden, has brought together some of the UK’s largest charities and landowners to tackle the impacts of climate change and rising energy costs.

The Fit for the Future Network, launched in November 2013, brings together environmental professionals and energy champions from across charities and land-owning organisations. Members work together to lower the impact they have on the environment and improve resilience against rising energy costs.
Our Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh, said of the network: “The Fit for the Future Network has grown into a really powerful movement for effective action on climate change thanks to the hard work of the practitioners from all organisations involved. The National Trust and Ashden set up the network because we believe that collaboration is one of the best tools we have to mitigate its threat.”

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, the Royal Household, Tate, RNLI, Oxfam GB and more than 80 others. They collectively look after upwards of 40,000 buildings and 19 UNESCO world heritage sites.

At events, site visits and meetings the Network has brought together hundreds of environmental professionals and green champions to swap sustainability advice and learn from each other. The groups involved collectively saved nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2015- the equivalent to making 1,766 trips around the world in an average petrol car- and generated 5.5% of their energy using renewables like solar and hydro power. More achievements like this are celebrated in the Network’s first progress report.

Becoming more sustainable makes a big difference for the charities involved. The National Trust saved enough money on electricity bills to pay for 36 kilometres of footpath restoration in 2015, whilst the RNLI’s expected income and savings from renewables could pay for 10 inshore rescue boats per year. Chatsworth House have installed 15 biomass systems after receiving advice from the National Trust, and the Canal & River Trust have secured funding for their first ever in-house hydro power project.

Going forward, the Network continues to grow its membership and is widening its scope to cover the full range of sustainability-related issues.


What members think

Here’s what some of the Fit for the Future members have to say about the benefits of being involved.

Fit for the Future progress report 

Achievements are celebrated in the Fit for the Future Network’s first progress report.