Energy and sustainability priorities | Energy and carbon reduction | Protecting air, land and water | Protecting ecology and green space | Efficient use of natural resources | Water use reduction | Climate change
Environmental sustainability is a priority for Hyde. In 2020 we committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions as part of our 2050 Strategic Plan. To prepare our business for achieving net zero carbon emissions, we’ve developed a two-year Energy and Sustainability Strategy 2020-2022 (PDF, 2MB).
We measured our full carbon footprint and wider environmental impacts in 2020, laying the foundations for our Energy and Sustainability Strategy. We’ve identified and committed to addressing our most significant environmental impacts. We’ve also measured the outcomes for the environment, our residents and Hyde from addressing these impacts. You can read more about our progress on Our energy and environmental performance in 2019/20 page.
Our 2020-22 energy and sustainability priorities
We’ve identified six energy and environmental priorities. A summary of these priorities can be found below. More information can be found in our Energy and Sustainability Strategy 2020-2022 (PDF, 2MB).
Our carbon emissions come from several sources. As would be expected for a large housing association, our existing homes represent over 92% of our carbon emissions. By reducing carbon emissions we can also deliver significant improvements to resident health and financial wellbeing by improving insulation and reducing bills.
- By 2050 we will be a net zero carbon organisation.
This includes the following interim target:
- By 2022, we will have a detailed plan for the decarbonisation of our existing homes, landlord electricity supplies, heat networks, offices and transport
- By 2030, all EPC rated D, E, F and G homes will either be improved to an EPC band C or replaced with modern, energy efficient homes.
As organisations that build, refurbish and operate buildings at a significant scale, housing associations are exposed to multiple environmental risks. These risks require active management to ensure that accidental damage to ecosystems or pollution to air, land and water is avoided.
- By 2021, we will have reviewed our systems to protect air, land and water from accidental harm.
Green Infrastructure (GI) such as private gardens, street trees and green roofs have many benefits. As well as providing space for recreation and healthy activity, GI provides obvious benefits for biodiversity. GI also has benefits for climate change adaptation including reducing flood risk and providing shading to protect buildings from overheating.
- By 2022, we will have measured and quantified our GI and developed a green infrastructure management plan.
The refurbishment of existing homes, the construction of new homes and our office spaces are all sources of large volumes of waste. The environmental benefits of reducing waste include protecting natural resources and reducing embodied carbon emissions. The financial benefits can include reduced costs due to the need to purchase less material and reduced landfill tax costs.
- By 2022, we will have developed our approach to measuring and reducing embodied carbon from our new build homes.
In England, within 25 years water supply will have reduced by 7% due to climate change impacts. This, coupled with population growth, will lead to a significant deficit in water supply. By reducing the water consumption of our buildings, we have an opportunity to address water stress and reduce customer utility bills and our operational costs.
- By 2022, we will have measured our water use and set a long-term water efficiency target for our existing homes.
The climate is changing which will lead to a higher risk of extreme weather events including hotter and more frequent heatwaves and flooding. Flood and overheating can have a significant impact on the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of customers.
- By 2022, we will fully assess the risks posed by climate change to our buildings and customers.
Our energy and sustainability strategy (PDF, 2MB)