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.

As one participating teacher put it: "LESS CO2 has helped the children take up more responsibility in the school, and helped them to make others aware of the impact that they are having on the environment."

Schools that have taken part in the LESS CO2 programme have gone on to save an average of £2,648 and 10 tonnes of carbon each year. Data from 41 schools that have completed the programme so far shows that they have saved a total of 411 tonnes of CO2 and £108,564 in one year. To put this in context, each person in the UK produces an average of 10 tonnes of CO2 every year.

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
  • advice on steps to reduce energy use.

Impact so far

  • 98,000 pupils in 167 schools have benefited.

Programme expansion

We are currently recruiting for new LESS CO2 programme clusters. If your school would like to take part, please contact Alex Green or register your interest here.

LESS CO2 supporters

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

Ashden Sustainable School Awards

We are not currently in a Sustainable School Awards phase.

Useful links

Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEED)
Modeshift: Green travel planning for schools