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Together’s decarbonisation works set to support businesses

Together Housing’s work to decarbonise its properties will be used as a way for other businesses to offset their own carbon mission levels.
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The social housing provider is among some of the latest organisations to become a provider of Retrofit Credits with HACT, the charity of the social housing sector.

As one of the largest social housing providers in the North, the Group is delivering a carbon reduction strategy that underpins all investment in energy efficiency across its housing stock, with a commitment to reduce its operational carbon impact by 50% from its 2020 position by 2030.

So far, the Group has made retrofitting adjustments to more than 1,200 properties with the support funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 1 and 2, the Green Homes Grant and Carbon Booster funding.

As the Group’s work accelerates towards meeting ambitious targets, Together Housing are committing part of their efforts to HACT’s award-winning Retrofit Credits programme.

The new carbon credits programme unlocks investment in social housing retrofit by verifying the emission reductions and social value of retrofit projects. Subsequently, the credits can then be sold by the housing association to HACT in exchange for funds to re-invest back into their retrofit programme of works.

Developed by HACT and Arctica Partners, Retrofit Credits is based on quality, integrity, and locality. Credits must meet the Verified Carbon Standard before being sold to organisations that want to offset their carbon emissions.

Each tonne of CO2e reduced is eligible for up to 20 years of crediting, reflecting the real and permanent nature of the emission reductions.

Patrick Berry, Director for Net Zero at Together Housing said: “At Together Housing, we’ve taken a progressive approach to retrofit works by tapping into cutting-edge technology and now, HACT’s revolutionary programme supporting other businesses to offset their emissions.

“We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve come with our Carbon Reduction Strategy, but there is still essential work to be done, inside and outside our homes. Retrofit Credits drive carbon reduction further and increase the opportunities to re-invest in areas, so it’s not just our residents who benefit, but the wider communities we work closely with too.”

Antoine Pellet, Head of Retrofit Credits at HACT said: “HACT and PNZ Carbon would like to thank Together Housing Group for their engagement and support of the Retrofit Credits programme, which looks at assisting towards the increased decarbonisation of the homes they own and the support of the residents who live in them.

“The work Together Housing Group and Retrofit Credits have achieved in collaboration has proved to created real, tangible difference, and positively impacted the environment, as well as the lives of residents and communities they live in, not only today for also for the foreseeable future.”

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