SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel) is an independent charity established in 1985 to promote the sustainable use of energy, eradicate fuel poverty and create sustainable employment and training opportunities in Scotland and delivers a range of services in the Aberdeen City and Shire and Tayside regions.

SCARF is meeting its objectives by providing:

Free impartial advice and information on energy efficiency, renewable technologies, fuel debt and grants to install energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

Formal and informal education and training – SCARF is a City and Guilds training and examination centre and an NVQ assessment centre for energy awareness qualifications and provides informal training and presentations, staff awareness programmes in the public and private sector.

SCARF’s school programme includes presentations, demonstrations and participating in education events such as National Science Week.

SCARF developed an energy efficiency and renewable technology board game suitable for primary school and S1 pupils.  SCARF’s energy advice team advises members of the public on energy issues – including advice on renewable energy technologies (4000 enquiries (9%) on renewable last year).  In addition to the energy advice team SCARF employs two development officers with specific remits to work with not-for-profit organisations to develop and implement small-scale renewable energy projects.  Projects to date include wind turbine, air and ground source heat pumps, solar water heating systems, biomass and micro hydro.  The Scottish Government Scottish Community Householder Initiative financially supports the posts.

SCARF works with local authorities at a strategic level and has been instrumental in encouraging the development and implementation of their Home Energy Conservation Act and Fuel Poverty Strategies.  SCARF continues to work with local authorities to develop strategies to meet government carbon saving targets.

For further information contact:
Bill Sloan
1 Cotton Street
AB11 5EE

T: +44 (0)1224 213005