is a landmark community-scale energy efficiency initiative to retrofit buildings over the next 30 years, helping make the Cambridge area the first to reach national carbon reduction targets.

Through our network of businesses, estate firms, building owners, local authorities, financiers, academics, national government, contractors and tenants, we coordinate suites of retrofit projects. This drives down costs, attracts finance and ensures we keep to our ambitious timetable. Our projects focus on all aspects of energy in buildings from thermal envelopes to energy supply to lighting to plug load, and can be linked to more general refurbishments aimed at improving the quality, value and comfort of buildings.

Cambridge Retrofit project to cut carbon emissions backed by climate change secretary Ed Davey.

Left to right: Sue Mehrer, Xiang Cheng, Claire Hopkins, Julian Huppert, Ed Davey, Doug Crawford-Brown, Anne Jarvis, Rob Crowther, Sian Reid, Jonathan Barrow

Left to right: Ed Davey, Doug Crawford-Brown,Julian Huppert, Sian Reid

The visit of Ed Davey to Cambridge Retrofit and the University Library site, brings a strong national focus onto our local efforts. The policies of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change are crucial in providing the incentives for energy efficiency improvements. His visit signals an understanding of how those policies will influence projects such as the University of Cambridge Library building, which is one of the first to contribute to the aims of Cambridge Retrofit. It is setting the template for the inaugural projects that Cambridge Retrofit partners have in the pipeline, and it is heartening to see that both the Secretary and our MP (Julian Huppert) are bringing that template to the national stage.

"Cambridge Retrofit brings together the private and public strengths of the community to reduce emissions and drive economic growth."

The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Now that we have moved into Phase 3 of Cambridge Retrofit, we have added the Making it Happen microsite, designed to stimulate and support retrofit projects. The colour palette of blue and yellow signals that you are in the action part of the website. By clicking on the box above, you can find information on projects that are moving into a delivery phase and details of the organisations involved.


Cambridge Retrofit is one of three programmes in the Cambridgeshire area delivering a low carbon, low energy future. The other two initiatives are Action on Energy - bringing the Green Deal and ECO to the local area, and MLEI or Mobilising Local Energy Investment - delivering low carbon energy systems as well as retrofits for schools. Clicking their icons below will bring you to their websites.

An example event: cambridge for cambridge

In June 2014, Cambridge Retrofit held an event devoted to creating connections between retrofits, SMEs and local economic growth, using the example of the newly launched RBS Innovation Gateway for innovator and SME support. If you have an innovation that can help RBS and the community move towards the 'next 75%' of sustainability, submit through the Innovation Gateway website.
And be sure to visit the Cambridge Retrofit Innovators Corner.

The event also featured the launch of the inaugural Cambridge Retrofit projects, programmes and services. These are in coordination with the Action on Energy and Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) initiatives in Cambridgeshire.
Learn more about the event...


Cambridge Retrofit have formed an alliance with RBS to deliver masterclasses on Demonstrating Your Sustainability Credentials to applicants into the Innovation Gateway. The first two of these have been delivered by Doug Crawford-Brown and were held at RBS headquarters in London and in Edinburgh. He is joined by Hugh Parnel, another Cambridge Retrofit Programme Oversight Group member, in serving on the judging panel of the Innovation Gateway. To participate in future Masterclasses of this kind, you must join the Innovation Gateway and submit your innovative idea, product or service.

Steps to Success:

What role would you like to play in Cambridge Retrofit? You can join the Cambridge Retrofit Network as someone who needs, provides or supports retrofits. The process involves five simple steps:

Who's Already Involved: