Sustainability

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Our SHIFT assessment

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As part of our sustainability roadmap, we need to understand our carbon impact via a recognised assessment. For the second year running, we have completed a SHIFT* assessment and received a silver accreditation.    

(*SHIFT is an online platform that allows organisations to measure their sustainability activity)

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Early Adopters of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment

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We're one of a number of early adopter Housing Associations to join with the leading funders to the sector, to launch the first sustainability reporting standard for social housing.

News and Blog

Read our latest sustainability news, plus Georgina Patel, our Decarbonisation Strategic Lead shares her thoughts in a 'What's going on with...?' blog series.

  • News
  • Mon, 27/06/2022

Showcasing carbon literacy training at the NHF Housing Governance Conference 2022

Georgina Patel recently joined the Carbon Literacy Project to showcase the delivery of carbon literacy training at Halton Housing at the National Housing Federation's Governance Conference 2022.

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  • Wed, 20/04/2022

Say ‘no’ to the mow this May!

This May, we’re supporting Plantlife’s ‘No Mow May’ campaign and we’ll be leaving some areas of grass to grow. 

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  • Tue, 22/03/2022

Halton Housing awarded Bronze Carbon Literate Organisation accreditation

The award means we have shown we are serious about maintaining a ‘low carbon culture’ by becoming one of 70 carbon literate organisations in the UK and Ireland.

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  • Thu, 10/03/2022

Commitment to sustainability recognised with SHIFT Silver accreditation

We’re proud to receive a SHIFT Silver Award for the second year running.  

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  • Mon, 14/02/2022

Thermal imaging surveys of our homes taking place

We are working with a partner organisation called Warmfront Limited to carry out energy efficiency surveys of our homes. 

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Georgina Patel
  • Blog
  • Tue, 28/09/2021

What is going on with Gas?

Georgina Patel, answers 'What is going on with Gas' to help explain the worrying rise in gas prices and what support is available to customers. 

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  • Tue, 28/09/2021

Decarbonisation - Investing as we mean to go on

Last month, we appointed a new Decarbonisation Strategic Lead, Georgina Patel – demonstrating a continued commitment and investment in this area. 

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Georgina Patel
  • Blog
  • Tue, 26/10/2021

What's going on with COP26?

In her 'what's going on with...' series, Georgina Patel looks at this week's COP26 and what it hopes to achieve - in a simple and understandable way.

Sustainability Themes - Hints and Tips

Last year, we celebrated Great Big Green Week.  Each day we focussed on a theme and shared facts, links, information and more.  Browse the themes for practical ideas and ways for you to change your behaviour to do your bit towards the climate change challenge.  Small steps can make a big impact!

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

What is climate change?

A look at the definition of 'climate change' and what is meant by a 'carbon footprint'.

  • Day 2
  • Wed, 15/09/2021

The impact that food has on our environment

An overview of how the food that we eat has an effect on the global climate. How can we help?

  • Day 3
  • Wed, 15/09/2021

What are travel emissions doing to our environment?

How are our journeys impacting our environment? How can we change this?

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

Home energy efficiency... What does that mean?

How to make your home more energy efficient and even save yourself some money!

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

Customer markets creating shocking waste and emission levels.

The speed of fashion trends are increasingly making a worrying impact on our planet

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

What impact does the water we use daily have on our climate?

The process of getting water into our taps is highly energy-intensive. How can we make a difference and reduce our daily consumption.

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

What is 'biodiversity?

Find simple and creative actions to help our planet. The greener the better!

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  • Wed, 15/09/2021

What is plastic doing to our planet?

The scary impact of plastic,its production, its waste. What can we do?

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Supporting biodiversity

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Ever wondered why we leave certain areas of grass long? 

Hear from Christine Walker, Head of Environmental Services about what we're doing to help offset the decline of flying insects by leaving areas of grass to grow long in our neighbourhoods - providing a place for them to live and breathe, which in turn is attracting wildlife.

Every small step is part of a bigger picture in our efforts towards sustainability and our green agenda. It also supports our OD3 objectives around 'Places to be Proud of.'

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#OurNorth Net Zero partnership

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As a forward-thinking housing association with a firm commitment to decarbonisation and a greener, healthier future, we’re delighted to have become a Campaign Partner of the Northern Housing Consortium’s #OurNorth Net Zero campaign.

Sustainability-related Projects

Alongside SHIFT we are involved with several exciting and innovative projects.

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  • Wed, 24/02/2021

Letting the kit do the talking when it comes to thermal efficiency.

Working with universities on a pioneering and successful project to challenge the way the energy efficiency of homes is evaluated.

 

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  • Fri, 01/01/2021

A building information modelling system, fit for the future (Digital Twins)

A proof of concept BIM system, bringing together offline assets, rich mapping and data layers to older buildings.

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  • Tue, 23/11/2021

Purrmetrix (Warmscore)

Using this technology in our homes to gather invaluable data that supports decision making on which properties to retrofit as part of LAD2 funded programmes.

  • Innovation Project
  • Thu, 18/11/2021

Spotr.ai

Using innovative computer vision techniques to deliver external stock condition surveys, for a more pre-emptive and planned repairs service.