Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT
Britain's major centre for environmental inspiration and courses.

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Consultancy services

With almost 40 years of experience, CAT is ideally placed to assist you in your sustainability projects. Our consultants are experienced and completely impartial and independent – we are not affiliated with any manufacturers or installers, our only interest is to help you find the solutions which are best for you and the environment.

Some of the areas in which we offer consultancy services are

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Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Whether you want to generate energy from renewable sources or reduce your energy consumption, our consultants can help you. We offer technical & financial feasibility studies for renewable energy projects (e.g. solar pv or hydro power) as well as energy audits of buildings. Learn more.

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Water, Sewage Treatment & Natural Resources

At CAT we source and treat our own water, deal with the sewage from staff, students and 60,000 visitors, and manage our own woodland. We can offer advice on topics such as compost toilets, reed beds and septic tanks, help you conserve, store and treat water, or provide expert support with managing woodlands and other habitats. Learn more.

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Education Consultancy

CAT's education team works with educators at all levels. We can produce educational resources for you, or in collaboration with you. Our educators also deliver talks and run workshops on a wide range of topics, such as teaching sustainability, sustainable careers or embedding sustainability in specific areas of the curriculum. Learn more.

Free Information Service

CAT's Information Service offers free and independent advice on alternative technology and sustainable living. Bear in mind that this free service cannot provide detailed calculations or assessments for specific situations and will not be able to evaluate blueprints or do site-visits.

Speakers for events

We may be able to provide paid speakers on various topics. This can be arranged through the CAT Information Service; you can contact us on or 01654 705989.

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If you are interested in our consultancy service and want to discuss what we can do for you then please Contact Us!