The challenge of climate change is complex and far-reaching, touching on every aspect of our lives. From the air we breathe and the food we eat to the way we heat our homes and get to work.
As a business that aims to create Places People Love, we must make sure that we do everything we can to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting our customers and partners to play their part.
We have committed to setting science-based carbon targets. This means that any emission reduction targets we set will be in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming to below 1.5°C.
The targets will include the emissions we directly control (like our office electricity) as well as those we indirectly control or affect, like the emissions related to transporting materials to our sites by suppliers. We will announce our targets later in 2021. Find out more about how we manage our own operations to protect the environment and mitigate against climate change.
Meeting new regulations
Several very important pieces of legislation and regulatory changes by Government are rapidly propelling the housebuilding industry towards a low carbon future. This includes significant changes to building regulations through the Future Homes Standard, which will require all newly built homes to be net zero carbon ready by 2025.
There is a lot of work and innovation required across the industry if we are to meet the new regulations. We have joined the HBF Future Homes Task Force, a cross-sector group that is bringing together Government, housebuilders, utility providers, material suppliers and environmental groups to address the sector-wide issues that must be resolved collaboratively. We are also testing our own technical solutions through several pilot schemes where we have agreed to build net zero carbon ready homes ahead of 2025. In the summer of 2021, as part of our ongoing approach to sustainability, we will publish our Pathway to Net Zero Carbon.