Reporting Boundary: Head Office operations – Hemel Hempstead
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, fleet, paper, homeworking (excluded from footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021
We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.
We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 5 SDG’s.
This is Thrive Homes’ second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to Planet Mark. They first calculated the carbon footprint of their head office operations in Hemel Hempstead for the year ending March 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Thrive Homes’ total carbon footprint for the year ending March 2020 was 56.5 tCO2e, a decrease of 15.2% from the year ending 2019. The relative carbon footprint was 0.6 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 19.4% compared to the year ending 2019.
The carbon that Thrive Homes has saved this year is the same as would be emitted by 25,000 miles driven in an average car.
“A year ago, Thrive Homes celebrated a landmark achievement in becoming the first housing association to be certified by Planet Mark. After a year’s worth of hard work, another landmark has been achieved. The cuts to their carbon footprint are superb and are apt reward for a team that has worked hard to embrace sustainability. Thrive Homes is rapidly establishing itself as a pioneer in their industry, one that other housing associations can look to for exemplar practice.”
In 2019, Thrive Homes declared its leadership by becoming the first housing association in the UK to achieve certification to Planet Mark. As well as the commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes and office space, Thrive Homes has provided investment to the Eden Project to support education on climate change and have protected an acre of rainforest with the help of the conservation charity Cool Earth.
Housing associations have a responsibility to rise to the challenges presented by climate change. Efficiencies in energy in the office and operational spaces can present savings that can be put into other areas of the business, but the knowledge of creating sustainable places can be transferred into the management of property and engagement with tenants. Our homes are major emitters of carbon, and inefficient homes not only use more energy, but can exacerbate health and wellbeing problems within buildings. Thus, a proactive and robust sustainability strategy has both a direct impact on climate change, but also equips housing associations and owners with the tools to spread sustainability among its network.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, RWHA has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.