What’s sustainable about Blue Patch?

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Low Carbon Hub

Our commitment is to support the growth of sustainable communities across the UK and Ireland.

What is our business structure?

Blue Patch is set up as a social enterprise, limited by guarantee.

Members pay an annual subscription fee which is used to run the directory, pay wages and operations costs. We pay UK tax.

Guiding principles

You can read our commitment as an ethical social enterprise in our Guiding principles, which shows an infographic of the Blue Patch business model.

What do we do with our surplus income?

We invest it in community-owned renewable energy projects.

In 2019 we made our very first investment of 300 shares in Brighton Energy Cooperative’s Solar Schools. In 2020 we bought 250 shares in Low Carbon Hub, Oxfordshire. In 2021 we invested in Egni Coop, Wales.

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Brighton Energy

Our profit flows out not up, by supporting local enterprises that benefit community and the environment.

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Low Carbon Hub

“We’re so pleased that Blue Patch has become an institutional investor member of Low Carbon Hub. Social enterprises supporting each other, both socially and financially, is crucial for the creation and development of community energy projects nationally. The climate emergency is a global crisis that needs local solutions. By investing in our Community Energy Fund, Blue Patch are part of the change toward a greener, fairer energy system.”

Dr Barbara Hammond MBE, CEO, Low Carbon Hub

What’s circular about it?

You may be wondering what happens to our returns on investments (ROI).

That’s the circular bit.

When income from investments comes back to Blue Patch, we’ll make good use of it! by creating a dynamic campaigns to promote sustainable business. With every cycle we’re making fossil fuels history!

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You can help us tackle climate change

We buy shares to celebrate businesses joining or renewing membership – the ratio of clean energy to fossil fuel grows with every member of the collective! Join Blue Patch in the Race to Zero.

Our environmental statement

You can read more in our Environmental Statement

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