Fit for the Future Network celebrates successes

Representatives from The Fit for the Future Network
Published : 04 Feb 2016 Last update : 05 Feb 2016

More than 80 groups including The Royal Households, Oxfam GB, RSPB and the Tate are now part of what’s been described as the National Trust’s ‘environmental dating agency’, the Fit for the Future Network.

Created in partnership with sustainability charity Ashden, the network includes some of the country’s biggest landowners as well as charities, universities and museums. They all share the common goals of wanting to reduce the impact they have on our natural environment and save energy.

In a new report, this network is celebrating its matchmaking successes, and the impressive sustainability work being done by its members. The report reveals that these groups- which also include Cancer Research UK, Oxford University and Historic Environment Scotland- have collectively saved nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the past year. This is the equivalent to making 1,766 trips around the world in an average petrol car.

Key statistics on the collective impact of the Fit for the Future Network
Fit for the Future Network infographic
Key statistics on the collective impact of the Fit for the Future Network

They’re also generating 5.5% of their energy using renewables like solar and hydro power, lowering their energy bills, and curbing their use of fossil fuels. Importantly, money saved on bills can be used for the things that matter, whether that’s fighting cancer, protecting our wildlife or saving lives at sea.

Our Director-General, Dame Helen Ghosh, said: 'The Fit for the Future Network has grown into a really powerful movement for effective action on climate change thanks to all the hard work of practitioners from the organisations involved. The National Trust and Ashden set up the Network because we believed that collaboration is one of the best tools we have to mitigate its threat.'

A range of National Trust staff have been involved from head gardeners, catering leads and rangers to engineers and environmental advisors. We’ve worked with the RNLI to harvest clean energy from the sea, the Youth Hostel Association to help save energy at their hostels, Chatsworth House to curb their dependency on oil and The Crown Estate to make our gardens more sustainable.

Collaborating with others means that we can better protect special places for ever, for everyone. Our savings on electricity alone this year could pay for over 22 miles of footpath restoration. This is helping us play our part in achieving our energy targets, which include cutting our carbon emissions from energy use for heat and electricity by 45 per cent.

Take a look at the full report and find out more about our Fit for the Future Network below.