ESTA Links :

ASPCoP for GAS [Automatic meter reading Service Providers Code of Practice]


Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Responsible building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed.

Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)

Responsible for building and planning regulation, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates, Air conditioning inspections.

Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Responsible for achieving the national carbon targets, Green Deal, CRCEES.

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Responsible for protecting the environment and sustainable development.

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland

Northern Irish department dealing with Energy policy

Department of the Environment Northern Ireland

Northern Irish department dealing with policy relating to Climate Change, Planning and Building

European Commission - Climate Change

General information about European Climate Change policy.

European Commission - Energy

General information about European policy relating to energy.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC provides decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change.

Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM)

Regulates the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain.

Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group

The Scottish Government - Environment

Detail of Climate Change policy and its application in Scotland.

The Scottish Government - Planning

Detail of planning and building policy and its application in Scotland.

The Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Regulates the water services market in England and Wales.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The official site of the climate change secretariat - for administration for the Framework Convention.

Welsh Assembly Government - Climate Change

Detail of Climate Change policy and its application in Wales.

National Programmes

Act on CO2

Carbon calculator provided by DEFRA.

Consumer Council for Water

Carbon Trust Standard

Previously the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme

Energy Performance Certificates and Home Condition Report Register

Information about Energy Performance Certificates for homes and dwellings.

Energy Savings Trust

Helping you to reduce waste, recycle more and save money

Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for Energy Efficient Technologies

Information about the technologies and products accredited for investment under the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme.


Industrial Heat Map of the UK

UK wide map showing heat production and use in industry.

Low Carbon Consultants Register

Register of specialist building services consultants with knowledge and experience of low carbon buildings.

Quality Assurance for Combined Heat and Power

Website for the assessment and certification of good quality CHP used to obtain ECAs and Climate Change Levy exemption certificates.

Scottish Government - Energy Efficiency Advice

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is at the heart of delivering carbon reductions for organisations in the UK.  Major programmes include free energy audits, loans and other project finance.

Our Southwest

Excellent regional site created by the Government Office for the SouthWest.  Valuable guides available for:

UK Map of Renewable Energy sites

Legislation and Regulation

Climate Change Agreement

Information on the levy and agreements

Climate Change Levy

Information about the Climate Change Levy

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory scheme to improve energy efficiency

Display Energy Certificates

Information about the introduction of DEC for buildings that are not dwellings.

Energy Performance Certificates

Information about EPC for public and commercial buildings

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Information about past and future phases of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

European Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings.

Access to official copies of the Directive and supporting documentation.

European Directive 2004/8/EC on the promotion of cogeneration based on a useful heat demand in the internal energy market.

Access to official copies of the Directive and supporting documentation.

European Directive 2005/32/EC establishing a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy-using products.

Access to official copies of the Directive and supporting documentation.

European Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services.

Access to official copies of the Directive and supporting documentation.

European legislation relating to energy efficiency

General website providing information about key European legislation effecting energy efficiency policy in member states.

Part L Building Regulations

Access to information and downloadable copies of the latest Part L building regulations applicable in England and Wales.

Scottish Building Standards

Access to the Technical Handbooks relating to the new Section 6 - Energy standards

Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)

Free downloadable software used in assessing a buildings design for Part L and Energy Performance Certificates.

Professional Bodies

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Energy Institute

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Measurement and Control

Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)

Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers

Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers

Institution of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management

Institution of Lighting Engineers

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institution of Plumbing and Heating Engineers

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The Society of Environmental Engineers

Non-Governmental Organisations

Greater London Authority and the C40CITIES Climate Leadership Group


Friends of the Earth


World Energy Council

Research and Academic Institutions

Sustainable Build

Sustainable Development Commission

Sustainable Energy Action and Renewable Energy in the Urban Environment

Tyndall Centre Manchester

UK Energy Saving

Regulations and Incentives pertaining to Lighting Controls


Building Regulations/Building Standards

- Mandatory for new buildings and major refurbishments

- Different versions for domestic and non-domestic buildings 

ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme)

- Mandatory for large organisations

- Assessments (every four years) identify opportunities for energy saving 

CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment)

- Mandatory for large organisations (those that use more than 6000MWh/year of electricity)

- Managed for BEIS by environment agencies for England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland

- Organisations must report their gas and electricity usage

- Organisations must buy usage allowances from the Government 

EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates)

- Mandatory for new buildings, or buildings being sold or let

- Shows the theoretical energy performance of the building design 

DECs (Display Energy Certificates)

- Mandatory for public buildings

- Shows the measured energy performance of the building



Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme (ECA)

- Tax advantages on purchase and installation of qualifying equipment

- Qualifying equipment is listed on the Energy Technology List (ETL)

- The Energy Technology List is run by the Carbon Trust on behalf of BEIS

Energy Efficient Financing

- Run by Siemens Financial Services and the Carbon Trust

- Offered as an affordable and flexible way of financing qualifying energy efficiency schemes

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

- Non-repayable capital contribution of up to 30% of total project cost for energy efficient equipment upgrades and refurbishments, up to a maximum of £10 000 contribution. Available to medium sized businesses in     England, Scotland and Wales.

- Implementation advice – available at no charge to companies with up to 1000 employees in England, Scotland and Wales.

0% Carbon Trust loans for businesses in Northern Ireland and Wales. 


- Interest free loans for finance public sector energy efficiency schemes

- Run by Salix Finance Ltd

Energy Demand Reduction Pilot, Phase 2

- Run by BEIS

- Organisations with qualifying energy efficiency schemes can bid for grants from an available fund (initial submissions deadline was 15 October 2015)


There are numerous other national and local funds available (for allocation as grants or as loans) for the purposes of energy saving schemes.