CAT has grown to become Europe's leading eco-centre, receiving around 65,000 visitors every year, who come to learn about our work.  We also host schools visits, run short courses andpostgraduate degrees and continue to research new approaches to environmental challenges through our flagship Zero Carbon Britain project.
The site is a unique and valuable practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions.
CAT has the largest range of installed renewable systems anywhere. These include:
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal
  • A micro-grid
  • Off-grid and grid-connected systems
  • Biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Hydro
  • Air source heat pumps
  • A community heat main
  • A range of small to medium wind turbines
  • We also have two reed bed systems, our own off-mains water supply, and extensive organic gardens.
Mission Statement
CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.
Within this search the role of CAT is to explore and demonstrate a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.
This communication involves:
  • Inspiring - instilling the desire to change by practical example
  • Informing - feeding the desire to change by providing the most appropriate information
  • Enabling - providing effective and continuing support to put the change into practice.