LESS CO2 Schools Programme

The LESS CO2 sustainable schools programme was a free energy efficiency programme, previously run by Ashden.

LESSCO2 is no longer delivered by Ashden. The decision has been made due to ongoing covid restrictions and to enable us to focus our capacity on the thriving Let’s Go Zero campaign.  

The LESSCO2 model is now delivered, on a paid-for basis, by a small team of LESSCO2 mentors. To find out more please contact Richard Smith at School Energy Efficiency.  For information on the advice and support available for schools wanting to reduce their carbon footprint contact: richard.smith@schoolenergyefficiency.co.uk or visit School Energy Efficiency.

We also recommend that schools who are looking for support use Transform Our World – A community of teachers using free resources to empower students and inspire climate action in schools. For energy-focused support we also recommend Energy Sparks and the Green Schools Project. 

What was the Ashden LESS CO2 programme?

Through a series of half day workshops spread through the year, peer mentoring, expert advice and resources, staff were empowered and equipped to make changes and improvements to their school to reduce their energy usage, save money on bills and lower their CO2 emissions. 

Schools were linked together into a geographically close ‘cluster’. Each cluster brought together teachers, bursars and school managers for a year-long energy saving programme that includes workshops covering energy saving, from recording meter readings to behaviour change for staff and students, and incorporating energy-related sustainability issues into the curriculum.

As well as saving energy and money, LESS CO2 helped children in primary and secondary schools take more responsibility in the running of their school and made students and staff more aware of the impact they have, through the use of energy, on the environment. 

The programme also worked closely with energy officers within local councils to help their schools make significant reductions in their energy use, and hence save money on their ongoing energy bills.




What did we achieve?

"The programme fired up the whole school to reduce CO2 emissions. The staff who attended were inspired and brought that inspiration back to school to invigorate the whole school community."

Head teacher, LESS CO2 school in Surrey

The Let's Go Zero schools campaign

Find out more about the Let’s Go Zero campaign here 

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Why is it so important for schools to become carbon zero? 

Share. Connect. Act. Click here for the Let’s Go Zero Schools Toolbox 

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