EiE (the Environmental Information Exchange) is a not-for-profit unit based at Oxford Brookes University and was set up in 1998.
EiE’s aims are
- To support UK organisations in reducing energy, water, and waste
- To help organisations define and implement reduction actions
- To broadcast good practice solutions to other organisations
EiE was formed in 1998 by Dr Anne Miller and Patsy Wood to provide SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) with the information they needed to reduce environmental impacts. This website was built to summarise information succinctly. Initial partners included the Environment Agency, GOSE (the Government Office of the South East), and SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency).
EiE grew over time offering training events and later face to face audits. Partners included more local authorities, Envirowise, and the Carbon Trust. EiE's remit began to focus exclusively on energy, water, and waste reduction. Projects often addressed the slow uptake of reduction actions by organisations of all sizes.
Who we work with
To speed the uptake of practices that reduce environmental impacts, EiE has always tried to provide funded support to UK organisations. We have worked with government departments and local authorities, as well as private charitable trusts, to provide free or low cost support.
We focus on 4 main groups:
SMEs (Small and medium sized enterprises)
The vast majority of organisations in the UK can be defined as having 250 employees or less including businesses from a wide range of sectors from retail to manufacturing to service delivery. Collectively their actions have a sizable impact on the environment. However, even a small amount annual savings makes a difference to them.
Councils are well placed to have a positive impact on environmental behaviour. EiE not only supports local authorities efforts to promote sustainability in businesses and organisations, but also assists in improving their own practices across their wide variety of premises.
Charities and community groups
Efficiency in charities and community groups is extremely important, yet their resources to solve issues are often limited. EiE has developed a range of projects to overcome the difficulties faces in community buildings, charities, churches, and other non-for-profit organisations.
Schools and education establishments
The environmental issues faced in education are also an opportunity to embed energy, water, and waste reduction beyond the classroom and into the behaviour in family homes and future generations. By working on the unique challenges faced by schools, colleges, and other education establishments, EiE’s work has a more powerful effect.
Rural and agricultural organisations
Much of England’s landscape is used for farming and other rural pursuits and the needs of the organisations responsible for rural activities often differ from their urban counterparts. EiE seeks to strengthen to skills and actions among rural communities to address energy, water, and waste efficiency effectively.