St Leger Homes has achieved national recognition for its work and commitment to reduce the environmental impact of council housing across Doncaster, achieving SHIFT Gold accreditation for the second year running.
The local housing provider increased its overall assessment score by 2 points from the previous year with an impressive total of 59.06 – ranking them 6th in the country out of the 40 most recent SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) assessments.
The SHIFT assessment provides an independent assessment of how housing organisations are performing against challenging environmental targets and it looked at the 20,000 council homes managed by St Leger Homes, as well as their offices, and supply chain, and measured them against 21 environmental factors including carbon dioxide emissions, landfill waste generated, and water use.
Key highlights from the SHIFT report show:
- 100% of office waste was recycled or diverted from landfill
- 96.5% of waste from the maintenance and refurbishment of existing homes was diverted from landfill
- 95.4% of homes are protected from overheating
- 32.8 tonnes of CO2 have been reduced from working through resident engagement activities
- 3,939 tonnes of CO2 have been saved through sustainable transport interventions
Dave Richmond, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
‘We are delighted that St Leger Homes has obtained the SHIFT Gold Award from this independent assessment for a second year, improving on our overall environmental score in the process.
“We take the issue of climate change very seriously and we are keen to play our part in improving the local, national and global environment through reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring our homes, offices and supply chains are as environmentally friendly as possible.
“We are pleased that this year’s SHIFT assessment recognises the work we have done with our engaging with local residents and also to introduce a new Environmental Strategy across the business to bring further improvements.
“This report shows we scored 13.06 out of 15 for an effective environmental strategy spanning offices, operations and housing stock. The new Environmental Strategy enhances previous commitments by including SMART targets for water efficiency and sustainable materials alongside energy efficiency, adaptation to climate change, sustainable transport and waste management.
“It is great news that we remain on track to become carbon neutral before the Government’s target of 2050 and we will take on board the recommendations from this latest SHIFT report to ensure we bring further environmental improvements across the business and to tenants living in our properties.”
Councillor Glyn Jones, Cabinet Member for Housing and Business at Doncaster Council, said:
“To achieve this award once is some feat, but to achieve it a second time and improve upon last year’s score is a terrific achievement by all concerned. Results like this make us even more determined when it comes to tackling climate change, as well as providing quality council homes that meet the needs and wants of Doncaster residents.
“One of Team Doncaster’s visions is to have energy efficient homes and buildings. The group recently published its Climate Strategy and good work such as this goes a long way to achieving these objectives and protecting our planet for future generations.”