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. 

In terms of criteria, all projects have to have a community element to them and funding has to go towards the installation of renewable energy or energy efficiency measures and cannot go towards development costs. All projects also have to have a positive social impact in the local community, such as increasing education, health and well-being and reducing fuel poverty.

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. 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Solar PV

In 2016 the British Airways Carbon Fund helped fund the replacement of a diesel powered water pump with a solar PV powered pump at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The solar PV also powers the latest TV Whitespace Technology, allowing broadband to be transmitted for up to 15km from the pump. Not only does the Wi-Fi enable data on the pump and solar panels to be transmitted, allowing issues to be identified and managed quickly, but local schools are also able to use the Wi-Fi for free. The conservancy is located in a drought prone area and the project will enable them to monitor and manage their water usage for the first time. This project is a pilot of a programme that would see around 30 conservancies in the Laikipia Region switch to solar PV powered water pumps. 

Spelthorne Gymnastics Club

In 2017 Spelthorne Gymnastics Club relocated to a new site at Bishop Wand Church of England School in Sunbury-on-Thames, building a brand new sports centre with an air source heat pump and efficient lighting controls and fittings to make it as green as possible. In the next 5 years they are hoping to increase the number of people benefitting from the centre from 1,000 to 3,000 due to the increase in the size of the building, the range of sports it can cater for and the increase in users from the school. The new centre and the introduction of the green technologies has enabled the sports club to keep going, ensuring that around 40 jobs are saved and that local gymnasts still have a place to train.

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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