Eaga Charitable Trust (Eaga CT) was founded by Eaga in 1993 as an independent trust. Since that time, Eaga plc donated over £3.3 million to enable the Trust to support research and community-based projects which focus on understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty. Eaga Charitable Trust is widely recognised as the premier independent funder of research in the field of fuel poverty both nationally and internationally. It has grant-funded research into the causes of fuel poverty in the UK, and its grants programme is built around themes of health, wellbeing and social cohesion, and low-carbon policies, behaviours and practices.
The Trust’s research has influenced policy, contributed knowledge and provided solutions which are making a difference to people’s lives in households all over the UK. As the only remaining grant-giving trust that is dedicated to supporting fuel poverty research, Eaga CT combines research, policy and practice in a unique manner.
Eaga CT’s original endowment from Eaga is dwindling and, after being unable to identify a new source of funding, the Trustees decided to close the Trust in late 2019. The Trustees are keen to ensure that the research products which the Trust has funded are preserved for future use, and that the Trust’s closure is marked in a positive way. They commissioned the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford to produce an online Fuel Poverty Research Library which presents the entirety of the Trust’s outputs in a very accessible form. SHUSU has also produced a series of fun animations, and topic guides for policymakers with key lessons over 25 years of research. The legacy project also looks to the future of fuel poverty research, identifying and prioritising fields of enquiry.
The project team at SHUSU was Dr Graeme Sherriff, Professor Philip Brown, Danielle Butler and Philip Martin.
The Fuel Poverty Library and all the Trust’s legacy resources can be found at: www.fuelpovertylibrary.info
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