#OurNorth Net Zero Webinar Programme announced

On the 13th July the Northern Housing Consortium launched #OurNorth – Net Zero at a Webinar where we were joined speakers representing the United Nations, devolved Combined Authorities, and of course the NHC membership. Here, we outlined our commitment to achieving Net-Zero as a core policy objective.  Our long-term aim is to ensure that homes and lives across the North are improved through the decarbonisation of the North’s existing housing. Over the rest of 2020, we are looking to deliver on two outcomes through #OurNorth – Net Zero. We want NHC members to feel connected and informed and we want to contribute to securing the policy and resources you need to decarbonise homes in your communities.

To achieve that first aim – to build the confidence and knowledge the social housing sector needs to lead on making decarbonisation a reality across northern England – we are committing our engagement programme to bringing members together with expert speakers, and each other, to answer questions, share learning, and make taking action less daunting.

On November 3rd, we’ll hold our flagship Northern Housing Summit online for the first time. Our headline speaker is Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. In the run-up to the Summit, we’re running a series of webinars on aspects of the Net Zero challenge – enabling members to connect with each other and hear from key stakeholders. We will look to create a safe place to discuss the challenge of Net-Zero with peers from other organisations.

All events will take place online via Zoom and are free for NHC members, announced so far:


Climate Emergencies – Ambition, Policy, Action

Wednesday 9th September 2020 – 13.00 – 14.30

Over 60 of the North’s Local Authorities have declared climate emergencies. At the same time, the region’s Housing Associations are also beginning to develop their own bold climate plans. As we all know, the challenge now is to turn this vital wave of ambition into clear local strategies.

At our inaugural session of the #OurNorth – Net Zero webinar series we’ll be joined by key speakers from inside and outside the social housing sector to discuss the practical ways Local Authorities and Housing Associations are transitioning from ambition to action – building on the strengths of local assets and centring communities to ensure climate resilience.

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Understanding Your Stock – Asset Management & Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 16th September 2020, 10.00 – 11.30

Achieving Net Zero has made housing organisations think about their homes, and their Asset Management Strategies, in new ways. We all understand the implications of doing nothing, but the desire to ‘get it right first time’ weighs heavily on our minds.

This session will hear from those working directly with the asset management implications of energy efficiency. Attendees will hear about how to develop and implement a net-zero orientated strategy, to the technical considerations of refurbishment.

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Financing Energy Efficiency

23rd September 2020, 13.00 – 14.30

Developing new net-zero housing as well as making the investments required to deliver decarbonisation in existing homes will require a mixture of public and private finance.

To do so, the social housing sector is beginning to look more closely at demonstrating their environmental credentials to growing investor interest.

Financing Energy Efficiency will look closely at the sector’s increasing interest in ESG Reporting – effectively highlighting and reporting strong performance around Environmental, Social and Governance measures that aligns with, and attracts, private finance increasingly looking to support ‘positive impact’ investments.

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A full programme of events is being developed and will be announced soon – as part of the webinar series we will be looking closely at:

  • Implementing retrofit, from fabric first to home energy systems
  • Eco-living – the importance of green spaces and biodiversity
  • Decarbonising Rural Areas
  • Getting communities onboard with Net-Zero – education and engagement with residents

We want to hear from our members and discuss your thoughts and suggestions on the topics and speakers you think NHC members would benefit hearing from, or to hear about the good practice already taking place in your organisation.

Please contact Liam Gregson, Member Engagement Manager – liam.gregson@nhc.org.uk