Young people working towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award can complete the volunteering section by acting as “Energy Envoys” as a result of a new initiative set up with ICE support.
The Energy Envoys scheme was set up by the National Energy Foundation and supported by leading engineering institutions including the ICE.
It encourages young people to help schools and communities to use energy more efficiently to save money and cut carbon emissions. It also introduces young people to careers in the built environment and energy efficiency sectors.
In its first year, the National Energy Foundation expects to support up to 1,000 Energy Envoys delivering between 13,000 and 78,000 hours of volunteering nationwide.
Eventually, it is hoped the scheme will have a rolling registration of more than 300,000 participants operating through a network of more than 12,700 centres across the UK.
The scheme was launched last month at Denbigh School in Milton Keynes before an audience of energy efficiency leaders, sponsors and supporters of the project, as well as students, parents and teachers from the school.
“The Energy Envoys scheme is designed to inspire young people across the UK to learn more about energy, to channel their enthusiasm into valuable contributions to society, and
to use the experience to develop their own personal skills and prospects, ” said National Energy Foundation chief executive Kerry Mashford.
“It’s a real honour to have this programme approved by the world-famous Duke of Edinburgh Award.
“The first Energy Envoys are true environmental pioneers, and will deliver tangible benefits in their communities - saving energy, money and carbon emissions - while improving the comfort of homes and community buildings.”
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