About Us


The Retail Energy Forum (REF) is a collection of leading UK Retailers with a combined £1.5 bn annual energy spend across 24,000 properties. REF aim is: “to share best practice to reduce the carbon footprint of every member company”. 


REF was formed in 2006 and has worked closely with the government in the development of energy policies to support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. 


The REF is a dynamic forum that understands and influences climate change policies, but concentrates on sharing practical measures that result in real and measurable energy reduction.  


Applications from Retailers to join REF are welcome. Acceptance is subject to membership approval and capacity.