Energy Action Scotland (EAS) campaigns for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland and is the only national body with this sole remit. Set up as a charity in 1983, EAS seeks to develop and promote effective solutions to the problem of cold, damp and expensive to heat homes.
EAS’s mission statement is to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland. Its corporate aims are:
Raising awareness of fuel poverty, particularly as it affects low income households; maintaining fuel poverty as a national issue of high priority; and working towards affordable warmth for all;
Identifying effective solutions which can transform cold, damp houses into warm, dry homes;
Researching fuel poverty and related issues in order to provide in-depth understanding of the causes and effects and to promote best practice;
Securing public and private investment for domestic energy efficiency initiatives.
EAS’s primary aim is to campaign for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland. It strives to do this in a variety of ways in order to influence both policy and practice. This includes responding to consultations and providing briefings to politicians and government officials at UK, Scottish and local levels.
Where it perceives an opportunity to stimulate interest in an area that could be developed to tackle fuel poverty, EAS can set up and run short-term or pilot projects. It usually secures private sector funding to enable it to deliver such initiatives.
EAS provides a range of training courses in energy-related topics. Courses are run for professionals wanting to assess the energy performance of domestic properties and for energy advisors who require City & Guilds qualifications. Other advisers and volunteers who work with vulnerable and often ‘hard to reach’ people in the community are also trained.
Consultancy services in domestic energy efficiency are delivered by EAS, particularly to housing associations and local authorities working towards the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and who require assistance with energy audits for their housing stock.
EAS organises a range of seminars and conferences including its annual conference. These events focus on a range of subjects related to fuel poverty. In particular, members can attend the Energy Advice Forum and ad hoc technical meetings. There is also a Business Supporters Group.
Research into aspects of fuel poverty is conducted by EAS, whether commissioned and in partnership with others or else proactively where it sees the need for further insight. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor is published annually by EAS and its sister organisation, NEA and examines fuel poverty across the 4 UK countries.
EAS relies on its members for income from fees and also as a source of information on developments in the field. Staff constantly monitor news and provide a regular information service for members, including e-bulletins and the quarterly journal Energy Review. Enquiries from others, such as journalists, a range of professionals and the public, are also handled.