St Leger Homes has achieved national recognition for its work and commitment to reduce the environmental impact of council housing across Doncaster.
The local housing provider received a Gold Award in the SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) accreditation scheme, which provides an independent assessment of how housing organisations are performing against challenging environmental targets.
The SHIFT assessment 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:
- The carbon emissions from business mileage was 3.85 kg of CO2 per home managed, which is one of the lowest levels across SHIFT landlords
- 96.6% of housing stock was at low risk of overheating and resilient to climate change
- 100% of office waste was recycled or diverted from landfill
- 96% recycle rate from refurbishment of homes.
Dave Richmond, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
‘We are delighted that St Leger Homes has this week obtained the SHIFT Gold Award from this independent assessment – building on the Silver Award we achieved last year. We are working hard to make our homes, offices and supply chains as environmentally friendly as possible and we will be looking to improve even further in the future wherever we can. In addition, we will continue to contribute towards the aim of decarbonising our homes.
“This award demonstrates our commitment to protecting the environment by reducing our carbon footprint. We are delighted to be making a difference locally – whilst playing a small part in helping tackle the issue of climate change nationally and globally.”
Councillor Glyn Jones, Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities at Doncaster Council, said:
“This award shows our commitment to tackling climate change as well as providing quality council homes that meet the needs and wants of Doncaster residents.
“Doncaster’s Commission on the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency set up by Mayor Ros Jones and chaired by Ed Miliband MP will soon be publishing its Climate Strategy recommendations. The report will help us take the further positive steps and make a real difference in helping to protect our planet for future generations.”