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First established in 1976, the four South West Energy & Environmental Management Groups are independent organisations serving industry, commerce and the public sector. Membership currently totals nearly 1,000 members.
The EEMGs provide continuing professional development, information exchange, specialist training and networking. With rising energy prices alongside increasing concerns about climate change and sustainable consumption and production, membership of your local Energy & Environmental Management Group has never been more relevant.
Note: The four South West EEMGs use the nationally recognised "Greener Events" guide to help reduce the environmental impacts of their events (a copy of the guide can be found on our Notice Board).
Energy & Environmental Management Groups (EEMGs) are independent non-profit making bodies that enable the development and exchange of ideas, technologies and techniques and the provision of professional training for the benefit of their members and partner organisations in the region. Membership is drawn from industry, commerce and the public sector. The "Showcase" page gives examples of SW EEMG members' achievements.
Energy Management Groups were set up across the UK in 1976 with seed-corn funding from the then Department of Energy as the UK emerged from the energy crises of the early 1970s (see list of past and current Chairmen & Secretaries). Their primary role then was to provide private and public sector managers with energy management skills.
The first Energy Management Group to be established in the United Kingdom was the Avon & Somerset Energy Management Group formed in early 1976. Energy Management Groups in the South West became "Energy & Environmental Management Groups" during 1995/96 to reflect the wider interest and requirements of their members. The ENVEC climate change conference has featured as part of the SW EEMGs' annual event programme from 1993 - 2009.
Members are kept informed of latest energy & environmental management issues via e-newsletters and their regular seminars.
In recognition of the outstanding work the SW groups had undertaken since 1976 in raising the awareness and skills of energy and environmental managers in the region each group received an "Our South West" award in 1999 (see picture below). These awards, from Sustainability South West (the SW Round Table for Sustainable Development) and the Government Office for the South West, were presented at ENVEC '99 on 13th October 1999.
The groups celebrated their 30th anniversary in June 2006 - see pictures and news story below. You can read extracts from the news item marking their 35th anniversary (June 2011) here: SW EEMG movement 35th anniversary (doc).
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
CPD attendance certificates are issued to members attending EEMG events on request ( - this has been the case since 1997). These are issued by the committees of the EEMGs for the benefit of members. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that EEMG meetings are of a professional development standard, it is the responsibility of individual members of professional institutions to pursue accreditation with their own professional institutions or training organisations.
How to join your local SW EEMG
You can download an application form to join your local EEMG here:
This should be submitted by email as indicated on the application form itself.
Those energy or environmental managers or organisations based in the South West that are interested in becoming a member and would like further information are invited to contact each group direct (for details click on the relevant Group name at the top of this page).
Annual subscription rates for members are kept as low as possible. The current subscription rates are shown against each group but you may wish to confirm with the relevant EEMG Chairman or Secretary. Database registration is free of charge.
List of current and past Chairmen & Secretaries of the South West Energy & Environmental Management Groups
The success of the SW EEMG movement is due to the dedication and personal commitment of the Chairmen & Secretaries of the Groups and the Committee members that work with them. SW EEMG members owe a huge debt of gratitude to all past and present Committee members for their excellent work, that is done on an entirely voluntary basis, in connection with raising the energy and environmental performance of the region's industrial, commercial and public sectors.
Avon & Somerset Energy & Environmental Management Group
Cotswold Energy & Environmental Management Group
Devon & Cornwall Energy & Environmental Management Group
Wessex Energy & Environmental Management Group
Gallery of a few highlights in the history of SW EEMGs
All aboard to save the planet
ENVEC WOOD & CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE SWEEMGs
Longest serving Chairman of the Avon & Somerset EEMG retires
Steve Hodges (left) and Mike Moultrie (right) marking the retirement of Norman Wright (centre) as the longest serving Chairman of the Avon & Somerset EEMG, on 17 January 2008. On retirement, Norman was appointed Life President in recognition of his long and outstanding service to the group, the UK's first EEMG. Norman remained active for the group until, sadly, he passed away on 1st October 2014.
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