At the heart of London’s South Bank are the global headquarters of the Carbon Trust. Initially created by the UK government in 2001, the Carbon Trust is as an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.
150 of the company’s staff are based in South Bank, including a range of experts, representing 30 different nationalities from engineering, industry, policy and academia that work with governments, businesses and public sector organisations all over the world, helping them to reduce their environmental impact and develop innovative low carbon technologies.
Today the Carbon Trust has six offices in the UK, China and Mexico, with other staff members based in South Africa, Brazil and Washington DC.
One of the major projects being managed from the South Bank office is the Offshore Wind Accelerator, one of the world’s largest and most successful innovation programmes. This brings together the nine major offshore wind developers, with 72% of the UK’s licensed capacity, alongside the UK and Scottish governments to work collaboratively to bring down the cost of offshore wind energy.
The Carbon Trust is actively working with a number of businesses in the South Bank, supporting them in becoming more sustainable. Some organisations based in the area, such as Network Rail and Tate Modern, have also achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, a certification recognising real reductions in their environmental footprint.