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Tackling the Energy Challenge Together Toolkit A toolkit for communities, local authorities, and schools on how to raise awareness or build capacity on sustainable energy issues.

Empower – Carbon Trust

Purpose

To raise awareness of energy conservation with office workers through an engaging, online interface.

Further description

The  tool is developed by The Carbon Trust to help people working in offices understand how to save energy. It allows workers to make pledges to change behaviour to save energy.

Where can it be found

Carbon Trust – Empower

Authority

Dorset County Council

How it has been used to date

It is being trialed in County Hall.  It will then be applied to any changes to office space that are carried out in Dorset County Council.

User Experience

  • It is very easy to use and has been produced by the Carbon Trust so it has credibility and the figures in the tool are all referenced to the work of the Carbon Trust.
  • It has work, home and quiz parts to it which helps to engage the users on a number of different levels.
  • It has a management reporting tool which collects together information on how it is being used.
  • It is computer based so cannot be easily used by members of staff who do not regularly access a computer.
  • Cannot quickly be changed regularly so is likely to become a little stale over time.
  • The focus is on carbon reduction so other sustainability issues such as recycling are not included.

Target audience

All staff.

Costs

Approximately £4,000 to set up for up to 250 users, plus an annual support fee. Contact the Carbon Trust for up to date pricing.

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