Caledonia Housing Association Takes a Major Step Towards Sustainability 

Derek Robertson

CALEDONIA Housing Association is taking a major step to become carbon neutral by launching its climate change strategy, supported by an ambitious delivery plan, which will lead to a significant reduction in the organisation’s carbon usage in line with the Scottish Government’s net zero timeframe.  

The plan covers all areas of Caledonia’s business and role as a landlord and employer and seeks to work with contractors and suppliers to reduce carbon emissions in supply chains, as well as tackling waste management.  The plan is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which provides Caledonia with an overarching framework to realise its climate ambitions.  This is the first step on a journey to identify areas where significant carbon reductions can be made, with a focus on creating sustainable communities, promoting responsible consumption and providing affordable and energy efficient properties.    

There are a number of key areas which will be targeted.  It is acknowledged that housing contributes significantly to carbon emissions, and a comprehensive review of investment in new and existing homes will focus on energy efficiency.  Investment in communities will look to increase green space and landscaping for carbon capture.  

Caledonia recognises its responsibility as an employer, so it will provide training to all of its staff so that they can develop appropriate operating practices and procedures that will address the climate challenges the organisation faces.  

Other actions will include a Low Carbon Transport plan which will cover commuter and business travel.  Annual travel surveys will be introduced which, coupled with the promotion of active travel, will allow staff to look at the personal changes that they can make.    

The raft of innovative measures will assist Caledonia Housing Association to become carbon net zero within Scotland’s target of 2045.  The strategy and plan have been developed by the Climate Change Working Group, consisting of tenants, staff and governing body members. 

Derek Robertson, Caledonia Board member and Chair of the group, said: “We know that climate change is challenging and complex and it will take collective effort across the globe to address the issue.   As a housing organisation, we are acutely aware of the energy we use to build and manage affordable homes.  This plan is the first step of many we will take in the months and years that lie ahead”

Julie Cosgrove, Chief Executive, Caledonia Housing Association, said: “The plan builds on the recommendations from the Climate Change Working Group.  This work has been supported by input from specialist consultants to set out a pathway to net zero and our intention is to seek to appoint specialist staff to support our response to the climate emergency.”

“Now that a strategic framework and statement has been agreed, Caledonia Housing Association will be working to make an initial assessment of its plan for carbon reduction which will include clear targets and timeframes linked to the action plan. “

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