The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) was formed in 1981 by a number of major companies active within the energy conservation industry. Its aim is to encourage a positive national awareness of the need for and benefits of energy conservation, to help establish a sensible and consistent national policy and programme, and to increase investment in all appropriate energy saving measures.
Membership of ACE is limited to twenty-four UK based companies which have substantial interest in energy conservation equipment and services. Current members include controls manufacturers, energy service companies and manufacturers and distributors of insulation materials.
In addition, there is unlimited membership of the 'Friends of ACE', which is open to local authorities and housing associations who are actively engaged in energy conservation and related issues.
ACE is separated into two core operations. A parliamentary campaigns unit, with an interest in developing and promoting sound UK energy energy policy and a research department investigating many aspects of energy efficiency both in the UK and Europe.