Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy
We have launched our Environmental Sustainability Strategy for 2020-2023, which outlines our actions for the next three years. This is followed by the first phase of a longer thirty-year journey to 2050.
Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy comes from an awareness that all sections of society must act in the fight against climate change. We believe that the housing sector has an integral role in the UK reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
There is an increasing array of legal guidelines regarding the environmental performance that housing associations are required to meet. But we don’t want to simply stop at fulfilling our legal requirements - we want to inspire further environmental action, locally and nationally.
We’ll ensure that the social value we create in our communities is aligned with a wider consciousness of how our decisions impact the environment. We’ll transform the lives of our customers today without compromising our ability to transform the lives of our customers in the future.
We’ll do this by ensuring that we facilitate:
- Sustainable Homes
- Sustainable Communities
- Sustainable Corporate Practices
These deliverables will be achieved through our objectives of:
- Carbon zero by 2050
We want to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and be accountable for the impact of our activities. We aim to reduce our carbon footprint five percent - 10 percent annually;
- Elimination of unnecessary waste by 2022
Reducing, recycling, and reusing resources as much as we possibly can;
- Supporting sustainable communities and workplace
Enabling and encouraging communities and employees to adopt positive environmental behaviours that also promote happier and healthier lives;
- Increasing the efficiency of our homes
We want to take a proactive approach in ensuring our existing homes are as future-proof and environmentally sustainable as possible and are not causing detriment to the livelihoods and finances of our customers.
Read more in our Environmental Sustainability Strategy [pdf] 1MB and see how we will achieve our long-term targets in our roadmap to 2050.