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

Total Impacts

  • 26 community energy projects supported
  • Around £1,500,000 of lifetime community benefit generated
  • Impacted the lives more than 250,000 people across the UK

Below are just two of the projects funded by the British Airways Carbon Fund. Please see our case studies page for more projects. 

Landmark Arts Centre

Landmark Arts Centre

Landmark 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.

Hyde C.E. Primary School 

Hyde Primary school pupils standing infront of the Solar PV

Hyde Primary School is a small school located in the New Forest. In 2016 the school installed solar PV on the roof of the school in order to reduce the costs of running the school to enable their funds to go further. The financial savings go towards funding programmes that the main school funding does not already cover, such as extra sports coaching, music lessons, trips and enrichment programmes. The panels are also a valuable teaching resource to help educate the pupils about environmental issues and renewable energy. 

How to apply

For information about how to apply to the fund and the criteria, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

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