Reporting Boundary: Glasgow Office operations (25 Cochrane Street, Glasgow, G1 1HL)
Emission sources: Electricity, Solar PV, T&D losses, natural gas, waste, fleet, business travel, paper use
Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020
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Wheatley Housing Group, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is Wheatley Group’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Wheatley Group’s total carbon footprint in the year ending March 2020 was 387.8 tCO2e. Wheatley Group’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 1.0 tCO2e.
If Wheatley Group is able to achieve its second-year target, the Group will save the same amount of carbon as is absorbed by 24 acres of forest in one year.
“I am so pleased that Wheatley Housing Group has made this commitment on carbon. The Group is responsible for some fantastic changes at its developments already, bringing positive impacts for the planet and the residents of its homes. Combining these practices with a commitment to continuous carbon reduction solidifies Wheatley as a leader in the housing industry.”
“Wheatley is absolutely committed over the next five years to playing a leading role in Scotland – and in our own communities – to achieve climate commitments and reduce carbon footprint. Some of our steps include installing energy-efficient heating systems in multi-storey flats and fitting solar panels to help reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. Our ambitious sustainability plans will see Wheatley become carbon neutral by 2026. By working with Planet Mark we’ll be able to make positive changes in our communities, in the country and to the wider environment.”
Wheatley Group is the first housing group in Scotland to achieve Planet Mark certification. Committed to playing its part in cutting carbon emissions and creating greener, more sustainable communities, Wheatley sees sustainability as part of a commitment to do the right thing by the planet – and by its customers’ pockets. Cutting the carbon of both its homes and operations, the housing group has worked across a number of sites to create warmer, drier and more energy efficient homes, through installing new windows, doors, and insulation and installing heat pumps. The housing group also makes efforts to add social value measures to its developments, ensuring care and duty for both the local and the global environment.
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, Wheatley Group has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.