Progress Housing Group is delighted to be collaborating with housing associations across the UK who are working together to tackle the climate crisis.
With decarbonisation at the heart of the social housing sector’s agenda, more than 30 leading social landlords have joined forces to create the Zero Carbon Club. The group represents over half a million homes across the UK and a combined turnover of £3.1 billion.
Adele Livesey, Director (Property Services) at Progress Housing Group, said:
“Membership of the Zero Carbon Club comes at a pivotal time for us as we have recently finalised our environmental sustainability strategy and net-zero road map, which sets out our plans to help the climate crisis, whilst continuing to ensure that our tenants and customers have homes that are affordable, safe, warm and environmentally sustainable.”
Facilitated by Rob Bryan at social housing consultancy firm, Vantage, the ground-breaking peer learning programme supports shared learning and is creating collaboration opportunities. The group has a wide cross-section of stock types and is keen to lead on the carbon agenda, reducing duplication and combining resources. As a strong partnership, the group are facilitating a sector-wide response to net-zero carbon targets via workshop sessions with outside and inside sector experts, combined research and collaboration on pilot projects.
Rob Bryan, operations director at Vantage and Zero Carbon Club facilitator, said: “The Zero Carbon Club is a peer network programme that is driving forward the sector’s decarbonisation strategy. This is a fantastic opportunity for the sector to create deep collaborations to meet the challenges that net-zero carbon presents. I am excited to see how we can shape the market, influence policy, share knowledge and more effectively share resources across the sector and beyond.
Working smarter together, topics the group are tackling range from funding and finance, customer engagement and behaviour change, and retrofit strategies and technologies. Two initial cohorts have now been completed, with ten members in each, including executive directors and sustainability leads from some of the UK’s leading housing associations. These included Platform Housing Group, Accent Group, Midland Heart, Vivid Homes and Torus, who were all keen to be on the front foot of this agenda, with 10 additional members including Progress Housing Group, Halton Housing and Housing Plus Group part of the Zero Carbon Club’s third cohort.