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North East housing association awarded green credentials

A North East housing association has been awarded green credentials, reaffirming its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

Thirteen, who manages around 35,000 homes across the North East and Yorkshire has achieved IS0:14001 2015 accreditation, which measures how well an organisation is reducing its negative impact on the environment and the management system that has been put in place to do this.

Executive director of assets Paul Jenkins said: “We put down firm foundations when we launched our environmental campaign a few years ago and we’re fortunate to have a dedicated environmental team taking our commitments forward and ensuring that everyone has responsibility for playing their part.

“It demonstrates everything we’re doing, from how we manage our waste through our own unique recycling centre to our use of renewable energy, how we’re making our homes more energy efficient and the environmental projects to protect green spaces that we’re working on with our communities.”

Making sure that the organisation’s customers, colleagues and its contractors and supply chain, are on board with the journey to net zero is a priority.

Chief executive Matt Forrest added: “This achievement is fantastic and testament to the commitment we have in making a positive impact on the environment.

“This is about continual improvement, and we’ll be working together to get better year on year.”

Thirteen’s environmental plans will see all of its homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C by 2030 and will meet the government’s net-zero ambitions by 2050 – and also reach net zero carbon on its direct business emissions by 2035.

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