Samantha Granger, head of Environmental Sustainability at Thirteen Group, discusses with Switchee the challenges housing providers face in deploying a sustainability plan
Switchee’s podcast brings the most innovative people together to talk about the industries problems and what they’ve been doing to solve them.
In this week’s episode, Alistair Thorpe, Commercial director at Switchee, spoke to Samantha Granger about the challenges associated with deploying a sustainability plan, the ways housing providers can work together to achieve goals as an industry, and what Thirteen Group is doing to pave the way for net-zero.
Here is a small preview of their conversation:
Net-zero is what a lot of people in the housing sector are talking about at the moment. Do you feel that we’re ready as a sector?
I think we’re certainly better placed than we were a couple of years ago. So, about two years ago we were just starting to look at the new home standard. It was going to be coming through and obviously there was a push from the fact that we wouldn’t be having gas boilers from 2025. That was obviously coming on the horizon. And that’s when at Thirteen we started looking at ‘what does this mean for us’.
I think two years ago when we first started looking, the debate was just starting. And I feel over the last 18 months or so it’s certainly started to pick up speed. There’s a lot more talk in the industry about it. A lot more discussions and pilots – everybody’s starting to really understand what their journey needs to be.
I don’t think we’re all ready, necessarily, to say this is what we’re going to do and this is how we’re going to get there because there still seems to be a lot of nervousness in the industry to be the first. To really nail our colours to the flagpole, so to speak, and just get on with it.
I can understand that, because in order to make that commitment we need to make sure we’ve got the right data – also that we’re comfortable with the finances because this isn’t going to be cheap. Anybody who’s looked at the 30-year investment plan to deliver decarbonisation knows that it’s kind of like, wow, that’s a lot of money!
There’s also the skills. There’s a massive skills gap, not just in social housing but across the industry, across the entire supply chain, to actually deliver on this – whether that be with the installers of the technology or with the in-house skills required to actually manage the delivery. And the skills to be able to support the business, to understand what their journey needs to look like.
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