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The British Airways Carbon Fund

In 2011 British Airways and Pure Leapfrog came together to create the first passenger programme to help UK based community energy projects – now known as The Carbon Fund.

The Carbon Fund is a voluntary scheme for British Airways’ customers who wish to travel responsibly and mitigate the impact of their journey. When booking a flight on ba.com, customers can choose whether to donate to support UK community energy projects.

Pure Leapfrog manages donated funds on behalf of British Airways and both organisations work collaboratively to identify suitable community-based projects that not only reduce carbon emissions but also provide strong social impacts to communities.

Over the past 5 years, customer donations have gone towards funding some incredible projects. They have helped install solar panels on schools roofs, a biomass boiler in a leisure centre and LED lights on community buildings. 

The Carbon Fund is also working in partnership with Neighbourly to help find more community projects across the UK. 

Total impacts:

  • 20 community energy projects supported
  • Around £1,350,000 of lifetime community benefit generated
  • Impacted more than 195,000 people across the UK

Below are just two of the projects funded by the British Airways Carbon Fund:

Landmark Arts Centre

Landmark Arts CentreLandmark Arts Centre, south west London, is located in a 19th Century Grade II listed building that they preserve for the whole community. The charity aims to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and the biggest challenge they faced was the use of electricity for lighting so they decided to replace the old energy inefficient internal and external lights with modern low energy LED lights, using funding from the British Airways Carbon Fund. The new lights consume around 67% less electricity per annum and the resulting financial savings go towards their education programme. The lights will also help reduce social isolation in the local elderly population and address a local community security issue due to a lack of reliable outside lighting.

 

Camelford Leisure Centre

Camelford Leisure CentreWhen Cornwall Council could no longer afford to run Camelford Leisure Centre, the local community stepped in and formed Camelford Leisure Centre Limited to take over the running of the centre for the benefit of the local community. The centre provides a much needed service to a community where there is very little local alternative. For the centre to survive financially it needed to cut its energy bill and it was decided to install a 199kWp biomass boiler to provide heat to the leisure centre and pool, using British Airways Carbon Fund donations. The boiler saves the centre around £35,000 per year and has enabled the centre to become well on its way to become sustainable. For more information on this project, please see Pure Leapfrog's video.

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