Did you spot settle’s cameo in Channel 4’s show, The Great Climate Fight, earlier this week?
The programme follows three of Britain’s favourite TV personalities as they each campaign on a different topic related to the climate emergency. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall brought his noble battle for clean energy to Hatfield, the constituency of MP Grant Shapps, who has publicly opposed onshore wind turbines in the past.
Coincidentally, settle is building 118 new affordable homes in the area, including 28 for social rent and 90 for shared ownership (which you can check out here); Hugh happened to stumble upon our hoarding around the development during a midnight ‘flyposting’ spree and stuck wind turbine campaign posters all over our boards!
Like Hugh, we care a lot about doing our part to tackle the climate emergency. We’re working hard to decarbonise the homes we own and the ways we work. We’re also committed to working closely with residents on our journey to Net Zero to ensure these plans deliver real benefits for the people that live in our neighbourhoods.
The show draws attention to the state of Britain’s homes, which are among the worst insulated in Europe. As a provider of social housing, we know well the impact that this has on health and household bills. That’s why we’re thrilled to be retrofitting 677 of settle’s homes thanks to a grant from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund secured with our partners at Greener Herts. Measures include fitting loft and cavity wall insulation, air source heat pumps and low energy lighting.
When it comes to new homes, we build to high energy efficiency standards, with the majority at EPC-A or B and fitted with EV-charging points and solar panels wherever possible. We even add bat boxes to some of our new blocks and we have our first Net Zero in Use home in the pipeline. Hugh will also be pleased to know that the development he visited was fitted with energy-efficient heating systems in all the homes.
At settle, we’ve committed budget to ensure we achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and you can find out more about our plan on our sustainability page. We’d love to be doing even more and doing it faster, but we can’t do it alone. Like the Great Climate Fight presenters, we agree that what’s needed most to build a more sustainable future is real political will and funded political solutions.
So a big thank you to the whole Channel 4 team for spotlighting the climate emergency, along with our logo, on national prime-time TV. The more we’re talking about this important issue, the better!