Privacy Policy

Who we are

AT ECIU we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people using our website; how we use this data; how we keep it secure; and the conditions under which we may disclose it to others. For the purposes of this policy, personal data means any information that directly or indirectly identifies you, such as name or email address.

The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit is a Company Limited by Guarantee (no 08863041) established in 2014 to support evidence-based debate on energy and climate issues. The registered address is 180 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

How do we collect information about you?

We collect information about you when you use our website, sign up for our newsletter or an event, or contact us. The personal information we might collect includes your name, address, email address, IP address and information regarding which web pages you have accessed and when.

Why we collect and process this information and how we will use it

When you sign up to receive news from us, either by joining our mailing list or when you express an interest in hearing more from us in future, we will use your data to send you regular emails about research, news and events which we think you might be interested in. We collect and store information on mailing list engagement, including open rates, click rates and how long you have been a subscriber. We currently process mailing list data using Mailchimp, you can read more about their privacy policy here. Users have the opportunity to unsubscribe on every email they receive from us.

If you use our website, we will collect and store certain technical information about your visit for website management and security purposes and to evaluate and improve users’ experience of our website.

Information collected may include

  • The internet domain from which you access our website
  • The IP address from which you access our website
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time you access our site; the URLs of the pages your visit; if you visited this website from another website, the URL of the forwarding site.
  • Cookies information for tracking and customisation.

We use Google Analytics to help us understand how users engage with the website. Google uses first-party cookies to track interactions and produces statistical reports about browsing actions and trends. We use this information to inform improvements to our site. Except for authorised law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.

Lawful basis for processing this information

The lawful basis for processing this information is Legitimate Interests (Article 6(1)(f)).

How long we keep your information

We will only hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary. If you sign up to our mailing list, we will store your data until you unsubscribe (there will always be an option to opt-out in every email we send) or until you request that the data be deleted.


Our site may contain links to and from external websites. If you follow a link to an external website, we are not responsible for the content and this policy does not extend to your use of these websites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of other websites prior to using them.

Where we store your data

We aim to ensure that there are appropriate physical, technical and organisational controls in place to protect your data. All our staff receive regular training on handling personal data and data security. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal data is processed securely, in compliance with data protection laws and in accordance with this privacy notice.

Third Parties

When we use third party processors to process personal data, appropriate agreements will be put in place. These will either take the form of a data processing agreement or an established set of binding corporate rules that the third party has with its customers.

Whenever we share your personal data with third parties, it will be done lawfully, fairly and transparently and we will ensure that your rights and freedoms in respect of the processing of your data are adequately and appropriately protected. We will not sell your data to any third party.


When you apply for a job with ECIU we will record certain personal information such as your name, email address and phone number for the purposes of processing your application and contacting you about it. This processing of your personal data is lawful because you have supplied it with consent and it is necessary for us to hold and use your personal data to perform our obligations as an employer.

If you take up a job with us, we will retain your information for the duration of your contract and for enough time afterwards to follow our statutory obligations. If you unsuccessfully apply for a job, your personal information will be held for no longer than 12 months and then destroyed or deleted.

Your rights

Access, rectification and erasure

You may exercise your right to access and rectify any of your personal data at any time. You may at any time exercise your right to data deletion in accordance with data protection regulations. You can request this by contacting us at

Withdrawal of consent

When visiting our website, you will be requested to consent to certain data processing activities. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Please sent your objection, by email, to Such withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of past data processing but it can, however, impact your continued use of the website.

Update to the privacy policy

We may change this policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent to

Legal disclaimer

We take industry-standard measures to preserve our users’ privacy, but we may need to disclose personal data when required by law when we have a good-faith belief that such an action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process, and/or in connection with a request relating to a criminal investigation.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.

If you believe that ECIU has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

Last updated: June 2023

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.