The Carbon Trust is an 'independent company funded by the government', the aim of the trust is to 'accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy' the trust advises businesses and organisations on how to lower their carbon emmissions and by developming low carbon technologies.
The Carbon Trust believe that their position 'independent of business and government' allows them to deliver cost effective solutions and to provide analysis and insight in order to move to a more carbon neutral economy. Some may find the Carbon Trust's claims of independence difficult to take seriously. They are funded by the government and managed by big business.
They have three main objectives:
- 1)To reduce carbon emmissions by emphasising the cost benefits of energy efficency. Businesses are encouraged through a series of financial incentive schemes and interest free loans to invest in the latest technology to achieve this end.
- 2) To develop low carbon technology through investment and supporting innovation
- 3) To respond to climate change by encouraging a change in attitudes, behaviour and business processes and by informing government and investors on the best way to tackle climate change.
- Chairman: Ian McAllister Scottish & Newcastle Executive & Chairman of Network Rail
- Deputy Chairman: Ian Stephenson Director IT, HR & EHS, at Johnson Matthey
- Tom Delay Chief Executive, The Carbon Trust
- Rosemary Boot Finance Director, The Carbon Trust
- Professor Sir Richard Brook The Leverhulme Trust
- Henry Derwent CB Director, Climate, Energy and Environmental Risk Directorate, DEFRA
- Peter Waller Head, Energy Industries & Technologies Unit, DTI
- John EdmondsGeneral Secretary, GMB to 31 May 2003
- Dr Paul Jefferiss Director of Environmental Policy, BP
- Edward Hyams Chairman, Energy Saving Trust
- Chris Mottershead Distinguished Advisor, BP
- Jane Morgan Head of Energy and Telecommunications Division, Scottish Executive
- Dr Alan Neville Director, Knowledge Management, Invest Northern Ireland
- David Pritchard Dean, Cardiff School of Management
- Michael Roberts Director, Business Environment, CBI
- John Speirs CBE Member, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution