A housing association’s latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) report has revealed significant improvements made to the energy efficiency of its homes, with 98% achieving EPC D and 68% achieving EPC C, contributing to a 20% reduction in total carbon emissions since 2019/20.

Midland Heart’s report also shows that it’s Money Advice Team were able to sustain 99% of tenancies and maximise tenant income by £2.5m, despite the cost-of-living crisis.

The social landlord says it’s managed to deliver this performance whilst retaining the highest possible G1/ V1 rating from the Regulator of Social Housing, and a strong credit rating of A1 with negative outlook from Moody’s Investors Services.

For the third year running, Midland Heart has published its ESG report in compliance with the Sustainable Reporting Standard for Social Housing (SRSSH), which outlines the organisation’s contributions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, strategic commitment to tackle issues of climate change, and the structure and governance in place to ensure this is achieved.

Joe Reeves, Midland Heart’s Executive Director of Finance and Growth, said: “I’m proud to be showcasing such strong progress in this year’s ESG report, in compliance with the Sustainable Reporting Standard for Social Housing, despite significant challenges within the sector and changes to our macro-economic environment over the course of the last year.

“We’ve remained resilient and focused to stay the course in our journey to net zero, building £80m into the business plan to achieve EPC C for all properties by 2030. We will continue to work with partner organisations to deliver safe, sustainable, and affordable homes, positive social value for our tenants and their communities and champion initiatives that serve to protect our environment.”

Read the full report here.