E-SEAP is an award framework for prisons developed as part of an Intelligent Energy Europe project that was delivered between 2011 and 2014.
The framework involves prisons being assessed against criteria under three main elements: 1) Buildings and Energy Management. 2) Education and Training. 3) Communities.
The project itself involved prisons having a preliminary assessment carried out in order to identify areas for development, followed by an intense period of external support, culminating in prisons being re-assessed towards the end of the project.
Under the buildings and energy management element, a full energy survey of the prison premises was carried out resulting in the production of a full report and action plan detailing where savings could be made.
Under the education and training element, Prison staff received a two hour training session focussing on how they could save energy in the home. This made it relevant and incentivised them to take part, whilst helping to instigate positive behaviour change within the prison. This training was CPD accredited so that it could be used as evidence towards staff continuing professional development.
The prisoner training was either a short two-day course or a longer, accredited course.
The main aims of this training were
1) Improved energy-saving behaviour among prisoners, helping to reduce prison consumption.
2) Helping prisoners to gain employment post-release.
3) Helping to reduce rates of re-offending through reducing prisoner’s energy bills post-release, helping them into employment and providing them with transferable skills.

Resources needed

• 175 members of prison staff received energy efficiency training
• 157 prisoners received accredited training
• 18 prisoners received Severn Wye short course
• 8 ‘energy surgery held in prison visitor centres and areas surrounding prisons.

Evidence of success

The following reductions in energy use per prisoner were achieved in the UK prisons:
• HMP Cardiff: 11% (7% gross)
• HMP Hewell: 7% (0% gross)
• HMP Littlehey: 1% (joined the programme late) (5% gross)
• HMP Usk and Prescoed: 3% (8% gross)
• HMP Swansea: 3% (3% gross)

Difficulties encountered

In order to make this level of progress, different departments within each prison were required to work together an institution-wide ethos of energy-saving achieved. This is not easy when you consider the size of the establishments involved.

Potential for learning or transfer

• Current priorities of the prison service will determine the amount of time and dedication given to the scheme.
• Support of the prison service at a strategic level is key as is support from senior management within each prison.

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Main institution
Severn Wye Energy Agency
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area, United Kingdom
Start Date
April 2011
End Date
March 2014


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