Stockport Homes crowned ‘Pioneer’ at Renewable Energy Awards
Published by Cheryl Harrison for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Communities, Education, Environment
On 21 June, Stockport Homes won the prestigious British Renewable Energy ‘Pioneer Award’ beating off competition from retail giants Tescos and Marks and Spencers.
The award is in recognition of Stockport Homes’ unique approach to renewable technology investment and establishing itself nationally as a ‘green’ organisation.
The Pioneer award was created to recognise organisations outside of the sustainable energy industry that are pioneering the use of renewable fuels, heat or power.
Stockport Homes won this award for its successful high profile work in the social housing sector including its:
- Decent Homes Programme;
- SHINE (Stockport Homes Investing in Natural Energy) initiative;
- biomass boiler installation;
- ISO14001 standard Environmental Management System; and
- development of Environmental Management team.
Stockport Homes’ Decent Homes Programme, completed in 2010, delivered carbon dioxide emission reductions of over 6,500 tonnes per year by investing £12 million in energy efficient boilers and £7 million in over-cladding to non-traditional properties. This was complemented by £1.4 million of loft and cavity wall insulation funded through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) programme.
The innovative SHINE initiative saw the installation of nearly 2,000 photovoltaic properties to customers’ homes and 28 larger commercial systems fitted to local authority and public buildings. This initiative provided customers with savings on their energy bills and Stockport Homes with income from the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) Scheme that will be invested further into energy efficient and low carbon investment programmes.
The first district heating upgrade was completed in Lancashire Hill. This saw 34 year old gas fired boilers removed and a new biomass solution installed. This resulted in a 75 per cent reduction in C02 from just over 1,800 tonnes a year with the gas boilers to just over 400 tonnes a year with the biomass. Stockport Homes have secured the largest and most complex renewable heat Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) funded project in the UK in the order of £10million, which will see another four biomass district heating systems come online as well as over-cladding insulation measures affecting 1,200 properties.
Stockport Homes also became one of a handful of Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) to achieve the ISO14001 status for their internal Environmental Management System (EMS). This gives the company a structured framework to work from with regards to managing, monitoring and reducing its environmental impact.
An Environmental Team was created to explore external funding for innovative projects offering energy savings and environmental protection, effective energy management and management of the company’s Environmental Management Systems to ISO14001 standard. The team includes two Energy Advisors, employed from own customers, who help customers get the best performance out of their equipment and minimise their fuel bills by giving bespoke advice about low carbon living.
Mark Hudson, Director of Technical Services, Stockport Homes said, “Gaining national recognition by winning this award is a huge honour as Stockport Homes was up against tough competition from large multi-national companies including both Tesco and Marks & Spencers. Stockport Homes are committed to continuing to develop renewable and low carbon solutions to provide greener places to live and more affordable energy bills for our customers.”
Mike Brogan, Chief Executive of Procure Plus, said, “We would like to congratulate Stockport Homes on their award win. Projects like the SHINE initiative offer significant benefits for residents and the surrounding community, and we are proud that our work with them sets a new standard and way of working for the industry. By using our purchasing and framework models, Stockport Homes has been able to leverage significant volume cost savings on materials and local contractors - helping to drive down energy consumption and save tenants money on their bills, as well as engaging local business to support the local economy.”