It may have taken a little while to get there, but it finally feels as though the social housing sector is putting all its weight behind the green agenda.
Net-zero, decarbonisation, carbon offsetting, retrofitting, photovoltaic panels, ground-source and air-source heat pumps: these are all terms that would have sounded alien just a few years ago, but are now becoming a familiar staples of everyday discourse.
While it’s true that government policy has played a key part in enabling a more climate-conscious culture, the sector would not be making as much progress as it is if it were not for the concerted actions of dedicated individuals and organisations.
The stats speak for themselves. According to National Housing Federation research, two-thirds (66%) of registered providers have started to plan for their journey to becoming net-zero; while three-quarters (73%) expect to retrofit a proportion of their housing stock in 2021-22.
Official data also shows that, in each of the four home nations, the percentage of social homes with an EPC rating of C or above is higher than any other tenure.
Yet, we know there is much more to do. There are still many question marks around issues such as funding, skills, and resident buy-in, all of which will need to be addressed if the sector is to achieve its sustainability ambitions and help the UK on its net-zero journey.
The key to achieving all of this is remembering why we’re doing it in the first place: to create a world worth living in long into the future, not just for social housing tenants, but for the entire human population.
We want to celebrate those housing providers that are leading the way. Achieving net-zero won’t be easy, but the social housing sector is more than up to the job.
MORE JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED...
Competition breeds innovation – pit yourselves against industry peers to establish where your organisation ranks.
Demonstrate to residents, stakeholders and the wider sector how your organisation is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
Enhance your corporate profile and gain recognition for your sustainability journey, with each ranked entry being featured on Housing Digital along with receiving a kitemark logo for promotional use for the following 12 months.
Collaborate and share best practice with the other ranked housing providers at the Sustainable Top 30 webinar on the 30th June, where the 1st placed organisation will be asked to give a presentation on their sustainability journey along with a follow-up interview piece with the Editor of Housing Digital.