Ashden LESS CO₂ Programme

Through our LESS CO2 programme we are helping create more sustainable schools – and galvanising young people to join the movement for a low-carbon world.

We established the LESS CO2 programme in 2010 in response to requests from schools for practical, hands-on support to help them make the changes they need to reduce their energy bills and to help build a low-carbon future.

How the programme works

Each year-long scheme includes four workshops covering various aspects of energy saving, from recording meter readings to monitoring energy use, behaviour change for staff and students, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. As well as the workshops, participants also receive:

  • mentoring from Ashden Award-winning schools
  • an energy audit of each school
  • advice on steps to reduce energy use.

Impact so far

  • 23,000 pupils in 40 schools have benefited.
  • 818 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved.
  • Schools have saved £200,000 on their fuel bills.

And the benefits don’t stop there. By encouraging schools to work with local contractors such as solar power installers and energy efficiency advisors, LESS CO2 is also helping boost local economies.

Programme expansion

LESS CO2 is expanding rapidly: now in its fourth year, 43 schools across London, Devon, Essex, Surrey and Hampshire joined the programme in 2014, and we expect to reach 100 schools by 2016.

LESS CO2 supporters

The LESS CO2 programme is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mark Leonard Trust and Wates Family Enterprise Trust.

Useful links

Eco Schools
Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEED)
Carbon Trust


Ernest Cook Trust