Almost a fifth of social landlords have an energy strategy in place for becoming carbon neutral, reveals survey

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2nd March 2020 16:57 - Utilities

Almost a fifth of social landlords have an energy strategy in place for becoming carbon neutral: A survey of social landlords has found that 17.5% currently have an energy strategy for becoming carbon neutral in place. Breaking this down further, one in ten (10.9%) have implemented a strategy for the next ten years, while 6.4% have one in place for the coming five. 

The poll by Inside Housing (sponsored by utilities supplier, Monarch Partners) also found that 19.2% do not have a strategy in place, while the majority (32.6%) said they ‘do not know’ if their organisation has one. 

The poll of 462 social landlords, (80% of whom work for housing associations), also asked respondents how confident they are that their organisation's energy bills represent the correct amount of energy being used in communal spaces, with six in ten (62%) revealing they are confident. Around three in 20, however (14%) believe that bills do not accurately calculate the energy used in communal areas. 

The research asked participants if their organisation was using a system to collect data which would enable them to remotely monitor how residents were using their utilities, with almost a third (31%) revealing they do use such a system. A further 6% said that this was something they plan to set up in the next 12 months. 

Arjan Dosanjh, chief operating officer at Monarch Partnership, said:

“The data collated from a system can help a landlord to understand the efficiency of its assets, such as boilers and lighting, particularly if the property is old. Ultimately, this will help to work towards a carbon-neutral target."

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