Summary: Carbon rationing action group (CRAG) or energy saving club

What is an approach? An approach provides information and guidance on potential community activities linked to a common theme, for example setting up a community enterprise or using local media or working in schools.


The aims of a CRAG or energy saving club are for members to become aware of their personal CO2 footprint, make a commitment to cut their personal CO2 emissions to a specific amount, and support each other in making cuts. In the formal CRAG model, members also agree to a financial penalty if they over-shoot their CO2 limit.

About this approach

What level of difficulty or complexity are you ready for?
Just starting up or looking for something not too demanding - Approaches can be tackled by informal or unconstituted groups with limited specialist skills
What outcomes does this lead to?
Behaviour change, Energy efficiency, Promoting renewable energy
Behaviour change type:
Energy, Transport
Time to set-up:
Under 6 months
What time commitment is needed?
Medium - Regular meetings of a working group necessary, with some defined time commitments and milestones required
What places is this suited to?
+ Expand all sections
+ Expand all sections

How does it relate to other approaches?

It is similar to an 'eco-team', or other peer learning group, but with a more explicit and demanding goal. Global Action Plan’s EcoTeams, for instance, focus on reducing household waste production, water consumption, transport and energy use, but do not set personal, quantified, targets for carbon emission reductions (The Experience of Carbon Rationing Action Groups: Implications for a Personal Carbon Allowances Policy). WSP PACT is a workplace based scheme run on similar principles.

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