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By Alistair McIntosh, HQN Chief Executive
Households are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. That’s right: our homes pump out one-quarter of total emissions. Who says so? It’s splashed all over the front page of today’s Financial Times. On a day of big stories, the emissions from our homes is right up at the top.
And getting these emissions down to zero will be no small feat. For starters, you’ll have to pull out all those gas boilers you’ve just put in.
So it won’t be cheap. Of course there will be teething problems with the replacements. There always is. Now Hammond is telling us that the costs of zero emissions will be a cool one trillion pounds. You know what’s coming from him. Yep. We’ll see deep cuts to other public services. Is he up to his old Project Fear tricks or is this a big worry? You’ll need to put a figure in your stress tests that’s for sure.
Can you refurbish your homes? Is it time to scrap and build? How do you balance the green targets with what tenants might want to see? Find out all about it at this year's HQN annual conference, where the key themes will be:
- What the net-zero target means for housing
- What you will actually have to do to modify the homes you own
- How you should be making sure new homes meet the required standards
- How you will need to change how you operate, eg, fleet management
- The likely costs to your organisation and the impact on the business plan
- The impact on tenants including income collection
- The timetable for moving to net-zero emissions
And we've also got some amazing speakers:
- The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change
- George Bond, UK Student Climate Network
- Tom Chance, Housing Policy Expert, Green Party
- Dr Aimee Ambrose, Reader in Energy Policy, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University
- Linda Thiel, Director, London Studio of Scandinavian practice, White Arkitekter
- Pat Hayes, Managing Director, Be First (London Borough of Barking and Dagenham)