First Federation Trust
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First Federation Trust
First Federation Trust is a family of 19 primary schools across South Devon and Dorset.
As the trusted energy partner for First Federation Trust since 2015, Zenergi looks after the energy and water contracts for all 19 schools. The support includes validating bills and chasing any discrepancies and queries with suppliers.
"We highly recommend Zenergi as our energy partner, the advice and support we receive from them is great. We are reassured that they do all they can to ensure that we get the most from our energy providers by obtaining the best prices, and analysing invoices prior to payment to ensure that what we are being charged is correct. We have a dedicated account manager who liaises with each school should there be a problem, so we always have someone at the end of the phone."
Carol Chapman, Chief Operating Officer First Federation Trust
Engaging staff in energy saving
With one of its core values being to ‘contribute positively to all the communities’ it is part of, the Trust is committed to energy efficiency and operating sustainably. As such, Zenergi was invited to present at the Trust’s Non Pupil Training Day which brought together 30 staff from across the Trust to understand strategies for saving energy and reducing the Trust’s carbon footprint.
The session included an illustration of the impact of leaving common school equipment switched on unnecessarily, with an illustration of the cost per hour, and cost per year based on live energy prices. It concluded with practical tips and no-cost solutions that staff could take back to their schools to help reduce energy consumption and costs.
The informative session has had a lasting impact on those who attended, who are now maintaining the positive energy saving behaviours around their schools.
The energy efficiency training supported the Trust’s drive towards meeting its net zero ambitions. With help from Zenergi’s technical division, Briar, the Trust was successful in its application for Low Carbon Skills Funding (LCSF), receiving £65,580 for heat decarbonisation plans (HDPs) to be developed across the estate. The HDPs delivered by Briar, will provide a comprehensive assessment of the costs and potential savings from a range of measures that can be carried out that will reduce the Trust’s reliance on fossil fuels in favour of low carbon alternatives.
Briar also carries out the Trust’s SECR reporting, the legislation that aims to encourage qualifying organisations to report on their annual energy consumption and carbon emissions for Scopes 1, 2 and 3. Briar collates the energy data from the organisation, compiling it into the necessary format and submitting the report. In doing so, Briar helps First Federation Trust to identify where the most energy is being used, to enable the Trust to take steps to reduce its energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining compliance with the mandatory legislation.
Training, Compliance & Decarbonisation