Ed Davey calls on charities to take crucial environmental role

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey is challenging the charity sector to take green issues more seriously if they want to reap the financial benefit for their work. That was his […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey is challenging the charity sector to take green issues more seriously if they want to reap the financial benefit for their work.

That was his message during his first speech as Chairman of the Fit for the Future Network, a partnership between the National Trust and sustainable energy charity Ashden, which works with organisations to manage environmental impacts.

He said sustainable issues have slipped down the agenda of many charities despite the opportunity this agenda offers to improve the sector’s financial sustainability.

Mr Davey said: “For too many third sector organisations, the environment has slipped off their radar. It’s time to wake up and realise that tackling sustainability challenges almost always makes good business sense.

“Fit for the Future is an action-based network – offering practical advice and training to the third sector, from the third sector. So our Network is the cheapest way for charities to go green and make savings on things like energy bills and avoid paying for expensive external advisers.

“And by cutting waste, charities won’t just be going green, they will prove to the public that they can use donations more wisely.”

Ed Davey will be speaking at Energy Live 2016 on November the 3rd in London. Get your tickets here.

There will be limited free tickets available for energy end users.