Silver for sustainability
Published by Riverside for Riverside in Housing and also in Environment
Riverside has been recognised as one of the most environmentally-friendly housing associations in the country for the second time.
Riverside has maintained a silver ranking in the prestigious Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT).
SHIFT benchmarked Riverside’s green credentials against 37 other housing organisations.
The assessment methodology, developed with the input of registered housing providers, covers sustainability performance in existing homes, new build homes, offices, and strategic and operational plans.
Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews said: “We have invested huge sums of money to improve the least energy efficient homes by using new technology and practical advice to residents.
“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the top performing organisations on environmental issues but there is more to do.
“We have just started installing solar photovoltaic panels in one of the largest ‘rent a roof’ schemes in the country. This should not only save our tenants over £200 a year on average on their electricity bills, but should also save nearly one tonne of carbon per property.
“Hopefully, with continued improvements like these, we will be on track for a gold ranking this time next year.”
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, said: “The 2012-13 national SHIFT assessment saw a significant increase in environmental performance. This means improved buy in from management and real reductions in environmental impacts across the categories of existing homes, new build and operations”
Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change added: “Energy prices are rising, and we face challenging carbon reduction targets. I’m delighted to see SHIFT members taking action to understand their environmental impacts, including energy use, through independent assessment – and then working to reduce them.”
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