Jigsaw Homes Group has announced it will be switching to a green energy supplier for thousands of its properties in the North West and East Midlands, as it launches its new Sustainability Strategy.
As one of the largest housing providers in England with 34,000 properties, it is aiming to reduce the impact its activities and services of building and maintaining homes has on the environment.
It has switched energy supplier to SSE Green, which will provide ‘green’ electricity to more than 4,000 properties including independent living schemes, supported accommodation and homes within blocks of apartments via their communal supply.
It is estimated that by using 100% renewable energy directly from SSE’s UK wind farms, this will save the organisation around 1500 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over the next year and will provide residents with cleaner electricity.
The Group has already taken steps to become carbon neutral by 2050 with a number of pilot schemes underway including air source heat pumps, a programme of insulation upgrades to a number of homes and a review of its recycling rates at its offices and depots. It has committed to bringing all its homes up to EPC Band C by 2030.
More projects and initiatives will be delivered as part of the new and evolving sustainability strategy, called ‘Be Zero’, which will not only be good for business and the planet, but will also improve the health and wellbeing of its communities.
Jigsaw has set out seven key aims in order to reach zero carbon.
1. Reduce carbon emissions by reducing the energy demands of its homes and buildings and improving their fabric
2. Build high quality homes with a low carbon footprint
3. Empower colleagues and customers to make environmentally informed decisions at home and at work
4. Significantly reduce the amount of waste it produces
5. Increase and improve access to well‐maintained green spaces for its customers
6. Develop a road map to a more responsible approach to procurement
7. Reduce the impact of flooding on customers and their homes
Jigsaw Group’s sustainability manager Claire Brightley said:
“The threat of climate change is real and we have no time to delay in facing up to the challenges it presents to our Group and our customers. We need to continue to invest in the energy performance of our existing and new build homes to help our residents tackle fuel poverty, have warmer homes and more sustainable tenancies. While we have a number of pilot schemes underway to look at new ways to providing heating to our homes, switching to a green energy supplier was a simple but effective way of taking steps towards us becoming carbon neutral.”