The UK has set in law a target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. To achieve this target, the government’s ambition is to improve the energy efficiency of homes, and move to cleaner ways of heating homes, in order to halve the energy use of new buildings by the end of this decade.
Decarbonising Britain’s homes is not only an essential part of tackling climate change, it also saves residents money, helps combat fuel poverty, boosts the economy and creates jobs.
Housing associations want to be at the forefront of decarbonisation, but face challenges such as lack of finance and skills shortages.
We’re working with our members to explore how we can work with partners to drive forward the decarbonisation of social housing at scale – and, as a first step, are calling on the government to provide policy certainty, set ambitious standards and targets, and deliver a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund directly accessible by housing associations.
This work forms part of our five priorities for national recovery, and you can find out more about this work through the latest updates below.
To help shape our decarbonisation work, we’re seeking feedback from housing associations through a short survey. Let us know what you think by 28 August.