Charities

World Habitat

World Habitat is a global housing charity bringing the best housing to the people who need it the most. The charity are working to positively transform society and the planet by measuring its own impact on the environment.
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Highlights

Measure

Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: Memorial Square, Coalville

Emission Sources: Electricity, T&D Losses, Water, Waste, Business Travel, Homeworking

Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021

-9.4%

Carbon reduction per employee

-14.8%

Location-based total carbon footprint

12.9 tC0₂e

Location-based total carbon footprint per employee

1.0 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint

11.3 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint per employee

0.9 tC0₂e

Engage

FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.

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Communicate

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.

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Certification story

World Habitat, a global housing charity bringing the best housing to the people who need it the most, has achieved Planet Mark certification. This is World Habitat’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. In this crucial Decade of Action, the company wants to ensure that they are a force for good: positively transforming society and the planet by measuring its own impact on the environment.

Achieving Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Over the next year, the company will be working towards reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, the company will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“I am proud to count World Habitat among our members. Climate change has a tangible impact on the stellar work the charity has done in providing housing to those who need it most. By leading from the front, World Habitat is taking action on climate and making a statement of resilience for the people who benefit from its work. Without climate action, global housing will become much more complex. World Habitat is a future-facing organisation with tremendous vision, and this should be celebrated.”
David Ireland
CEO
World Habitat
“World Habitat is delighted to be certified by PlanetMark and become a part of its community of like-minded organisations who embrace sustainability and are working to halt the climate crisis. PlanetMark’s certification helps us to be accountable and transparent in our journey towards net-zero. Since 2016 we have been measuring our carbon footprint and have taken steps to reduce our emissions. We are committed to be a net-zero charity as soon as possible and certainly no later than 2030. The climate emergency threatens all life on this planet. We all must work in a way that has a positive impact on the people we work with and preserve the environmental sustainability of the planet, at all levels of our operations. And we urge other organisations to do likewise”

Certification story

The charity invests in housing related programmes that reduce carbon emissions and also help provide safe and secure housing for low-income people. They are currently looking to develop a climate finance scheme to enable others to invest in these same programmes.

World Habitat knows it must work in a way that has a positive impact on the communities and residents it works with to preserve the environmental sustainability of the planet. The charity takes its responsibilities seriously and continues to work towards reducing and managing its own impact. World Habitat has set itself a number of sustainable targets, such as reaching net zero by 2030, and ensuring that all of its investments are in line with the Paris Agreement Goals. The organisation also offsets all of its unavoidable emissions.  

Through Planet Mark, the company are protecting an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth goes directly towards supporting the Asháninka community in Central Peru.

The company is also helping the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future. World Habitat look forward to sharing its sustainability achievements with the wider community.

The climate emergency presents an enormous threat to the vision of a world where everyone has a safe and secure home in a successful community. Climate change will have impacts on sustainable housing, with the effects adversely proportioned against the world’s poor. Charities and housing organisations must act on their own emissions, as part of the wider need to decarbonise, but also as a statement of alignment alongside their recipients.  

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, World Habitat has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

Reduce carbon emissions as close to zero as possible

World Habitat aim to reduce its 2018 carbon emission levels by 2030.

Achieve net zero emissions by 2030

With support from its Trustees and Planet Mark, World Habitat has committed to reaching net zero by 2030.

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