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The Turing Trust in Loanhead, Midlothian

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The Turing Trust was established in 2009 in honour of the esteemed codebreaker who broke the Enigma Code during World War II.

The trust was considering upgrades for its new premises, described by the CEO James Turing as a “shell of a building”, an industrial unit within the Pentland Industrial Estate in Loanhead.

The trust is built on the principles of sustainability and learning. It supplies underprivileged youngsters in African countries with refurbished donated computers that are installed with educational software to give the youngsters the opportunity to learn IT skills.

With these principles in mind, James took the opportunity to improve his knowledge on the most effective ways to save energy, money and carbon by contacting Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support service.

An independent consultant assessed the premises and provided the trust with a tailored report highlighting key opportunities.

Based on these recommendations, the charity have installed the following measures:

·        air source heat pump

·        wall and ceiling insulation

·        modern LED light fittings

·        low-flow taps and toilets.

The Turing Trust used the Scottish Government’s interest-free SME Loan Scheme to fund the measures.

The changes should help to cut CO2 emissions by an estimated 17 tonnes, as well as save the charity more than £10,000 a year. CEO James Turing says, “Being green is fundamental to what we do, and this was the first opportunity we had had to make our own decisions and look at the options afresh.”

To find out more, read The Turing Trust's full case study.


Third sector
Energy efficient heating system (non-renewables)Heat pumpsHeat recovery systemLow energy lighting
HeatingLightingLow carbon heatingWater minimisation and management
SME Loan scheme
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