Television presenter Tom Heap, of Countryfile fame, visited Saffron Housing Trust’s Long Stratton properties to interview staff and tenants about the organisation’s energy-saving scheme.
Saffron’s Sustainability Project Lead Richard Egle, and a Saffron tenant from Manor Road, appeared on Sky’s ‘The Climate Show’ on Saturday 16th December to promote the retrofit work that has seen 128 Saffron properties fitted with carbon-neutral upgrades.
Richard said: “I am delighted to have been able to promote the work of our Sustainability Team in an interview for The Climate Show on Sky.
“We are proud to have completed the installation of energy-saving measures on 128 Saffron homes. It is great to be recognised as we have all worked hard in achieving this milestone.”
Saffron has been working alongside Powering Net Zero (PNZ) Group, a coalition of businesses aiming to decarbonize UK homes, and the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) on this retrofitting scheme.
The PNZ Group works with UK businesses to fund local retrofit projects which deliver upgrades such as air source heating, solar panels and insulation through the sale of transparent, local carbon credits.
PNZ put Saffron forward as a case study for The Climate Show, based on their involvement in the Retrofit Credits pilot scheme, launched last year.
The funding for Saffron’s retrofit works came from PNZ, the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and Saffron Housing Trust’s own contributions.
Simon Turek, managing director of PNZ Carbon, will also appear in the episode.
He said: “It was fantastic to come down to Long Stratton and to see first-hand the difference our retrofitting scheme has made to people’s lives.
“Channelling investment into these kinds of innovative projects is vital to achieving the UK’s net zero goals, as well as creating more affordable, energy-efficient homes for people.”
The episode aired on Sky News on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December, and is available on The Climate Show’s YouTube channel here.
Main image: Tom Heap with Saffron Sustainability Project Lead Richard Egle
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