Project Background

Evidence new award can help you

Severn Wye Energy Agency based E-seaP on a pilot project in 9 establishments in 2007 that sought to engage the prison service and its communities in a holistic approach delivering energy surveys, offender education, staff training and advice and support to offenders' families.

The project engaged more than 2000 offender families, trained 200 prison staff and more than 50 prisoners received accredited training in sustainable energy.

Welsh sites involved achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions in the region of 257 tCO2 and 100% of the staff involved across the whole project stated that the experience will positively affect their future actions.

Concept and European Context

Prisons are substantial consumers of energy and comprise of non-residential and multi residential buildings. They are identified under the UK building regulations as multi-residential establishments and therefore highly significant to the European legislation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

In the UK a pilot action was implemented by sustainable energy charity, Severn Wye Energy Agency. The action focused on 9 prisons which were supported to achieve energy savings and improve energy management practices in 3 key areas; buildings and management, education and training and domestic energy advice to prison visitors. The results were encouraging, and the national and international interest evoked indicated that if the possibility to do sustained and focused work with a small number of prisons could be realised the approaches and tools of the pilot could be significantly developed in order to provide the prisons with a much needed framework and motivation for sustainable energy action.

  • Buildings and Management: Prisons are very high consumers of energy (e.g: around 120Gwh consumed in 136 UK prisons, Greece estimates 400kWh/m2 of building surface). E-seaP seeks to combat the associated pollution and address the values, attitudes, beliefs and understanding that pave the way for future progress.
  • Education and Training: Prisons are educational establishments, to assist offenders to find employment on release. Many courses are related to trade, manufacture and industry, as a result there is a market for courses that will enhance skills and increase potential employability.
  • Prison Communities: Prisons offer a central point for engaging with a wider community that are a key target group for domestic energy advice. Offenders families are often vulnerable to fuel poverty and poor housing, and there is also an issue for some groups of prison staff who struggle to meet rising costs of living across Europe. These people are a market for awareness raising, advice and support. The proposed award framework community elements address these issues and in so doing further support domestic emission reduction targets.
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