With housing accounting for 25% of UK carbon emissions, reducing emissions from new and existing homes will be key to achieving the targeted 34% reduction by 2020.
Despite tough conditions, social landlords have found themselves best placed in housing to take advantage of the support available. Landlords have already secured millions of pounds in subsidies to retrofit homes with insulation and other energy-saving devices. And as the new subsidy for renewable heating systems in the home, the Renewable Heat Incentive, is poised to begin, social landlords are already gearing up.
The awards lead the way in social housing’s pioneering role in greening the UK’s housing stock, cutting emissions and tackling fuel poverty.
Last year’s awards attracted almost 650 people, including senior industry figures, with a cross section of senior industry figures including representatives of government departments, chief executives of leading social housing providers and representatives of the main trade and professional bodies.