Energy and Sustainability

Energy and sustainability

Energy policy is largely managed at a UK Level. Welsh Ministers do have significant powers relevant to delivering wider aspects of a low carbon economy.  However, within the broad framework of UK energy policy there is considerable scope for devolution.  For more information on the energy agenda within Welsh Government please see here.

For more information on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), please see here.

CHC is committed to helping our members provide high quality, energy efficient, affordable homes.  Increasing energy prices have placed many social housing tenants in fuel poverty and in order to address this issue, one particular method housing associations have been adopting is to improve the energy efficiency of their stock via different energy efficiency programmes, as well as working with residents to make better use of energy.

Smart Energy GB

CHC are working in partnership with Smart Energy GB to promote the national roll out of smart meters. For more information click here.

Fuel poverty

CHC is committed to helping our members provide high quality, energy efficient, affordable homes.  Increasing energy prices have placed many social housing tenants in fuel poverty and in order to address this issue, one particular method housing associations have been adopting is to improve the energy efficiency of their stock via different energy efficiency programmes, as well as working with residents to make better use of energy.

CHC represents the sector on the NEA Fuel Poverty Coalition.

Sustainability

CHC is committed to promoting sustainable development in the social housing sector.  Housing associations play a pivotal role in delivering sustainable homes, and we believe that only an approach that connects and integrates economic, social and environmental solutions will achieve sustainable development. We are identifying ways to encourage sustainable new housing development as part of our Housing Supply Pact with Welsh Government and WLGA.

Future Generations Act

The Well Being of Future Generations Act sets a clear duty on public bodies to embed the principles of sustainable development at the heart of the organisation, follow the principles of sustainable development and work towards a set of nationally-owned ‘well-being goals’ that embody the Wales we want to see both now and in future. Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are not auditable public sector organisations they are exempt from the duty under the Future Generations Act. There is no legal commitment for housing associations in Wales to meet upcoming requirements of the Welsh Government’s Future Generation Act of putting sustainable development as a core commitment of its work. However, RSLs are already carrying out sustainable devleopment in practice. Although RSLs are not subject to the requirements of the Act, the sector continues to play a significant role in securing well-being for people in Wales.  

Contact

For more information on the policy work CHC is involved with on energy and sustainability, please contact hayley-macnamara@chcymru.org.uk