MCS Charitable Foundation first Impact Report
This impact report reflects the MCS Foundation’s growth and establishment as an innovative and trusted partner to the private and public sectors in the challenge of decarbonising homes, heat and energy, detailing the first two years’ activity (April 2020 – March 2022).
The 28-page report tells major success stories, from closing the deal on campaigns like zero-rate VAT for all domestic renewables and energy efficiency measures, to making the running with expertise in research and responding to over 70 UK-wide consultations; from giving £1.5m grants to more than 41 projects, to the building of a strong and effective role as a political and policy advocate.
With a strong and credible voice based on commissioning and undertaking independent, scientific research, MCS has been instrumental in shaping the policy landscape through reports and consultations on topics from solar to heat pumps to hydrogen.
The report also details, through a range of exciting case studies, how MCS grants are supporting projects which transform how renewable energy and zero carbon solutions are deployed, and are often in themselves catalysts to draw further funding into the sector.
Funded projects are building a wide range of capacity including: zero-carbon parjsh-planning; accelerating local authority climate response; achieving zero-carbon in new builds; the value of solar to a home; helping churches to achieve net zero and supporting a community energy revolution.
Looking forward, the report points to the Launch Pad strategy to convene the sector and address the barriers to delivering retrofit at scale, with Accelerator Cities a programme for local authorities. Moving environmental tariffs from electricity in the face of the fuel crisis and changing building regulations so that homes are fit for the future and don’t need retrofitting are also priorities.