Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury – Jury Sessions

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) and partners First Choice Homes Oldham, Karbon Homes, Salix Homes, Thirteen Group, and Yorkshire Housing have launched a first of its kind Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury to understand how tenants, social housing providers and others can work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods.

The Jury brings together a representative and inclusive group of social housing tenants to learn from and question invited experts, undertake personal and group reflection, where possible reach consensus, and deliver a mandate for action that can be taken up by the sector at large.

Through this process, the Jury will share their views on how they, as social housing residents, feel we should answer the question:

“How should tenants, social housing providers, and others

work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods”

The presentations given by expert commentators invited to give evidence to the Jury can be found below.

Session 1 – Welcome and Setting the Scene

In Session One the Jury completed the onboarding process with an evening dedicated to getting to know each other and the Shared Future team facilitating the Jury. An overview of the process was given and attendees developed shared principles to ensure the most was made of the Jury.

Tracy Harrison, Chief Executive, Northern Housing Consortium formally opened the Jury with brief remarks as to why the NHC alongside partners First Choice Homes Oldham, Karbon Homes, Salix Homes, Thirteen Group, and Yorkshire Housing, decided to establish the Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury.

Session 2 – An initial introduction to the science and impacts of Climate Change

Session 2 of the Jury was opened by the esteemed Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, the current Chair and Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. Professor Hoskins was joined by Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Senior Researcher in Climate and Climate Change at the School of Engineering at Newcastle University.

Commentators

What is Climate Change?

Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair and Founding Director, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London

What are the Impacts of Climate Change Globally and in North of England?

Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Senior Researcher in Climate and Climate Change, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Session 3 – The Main Areas of Human Activity that Contribute to Climate Change

With a grounding in Climate Change science taken from previous sessions, Session 3 of the Jury took a closer look the various areas of human activity that contribute to carbon emissions. David Barns from the School of Chemical and Process Engineering guided attendees through different sectors ranging from energy, industry, agriculture and food, transport, as well as forestry and land use. Julie Godfrey at the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers built on David’s talk with a presentation covering the specific contribution of housing to Climate Change. Finally, Dr Victoria Johnson explored how to make change happen.

Commentators

Where are the Big Emissions Coming From?

David Barns, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

How Housing Contributes to Climate Change

Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant & Technical Manager, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

How Change Happens at Different Levels for Tackling Climate Change

Dr Victoria Johnson, Principal Consultant, Social Profit Calculator

Session 4 – Housing Retrofit: What does it mean for the Tenant, Landlord, Environment, and Wider Society

In Session 4 of the Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury the Jury began to narrow it’s focus from the wider implications of Climate Change science to housing retrofit and the processes and technology involved. Invited commentators were asked to focus on the tangible impacts on tenants lives; visible changes to the home, the size of various types of renewable heating technology and where they are positioned on the property, how long it takes to install and any complications that might arise, and what could be expected in living in a retrofitted home.

Commentators

An Overview of Retrofit Interventions and Renewable Heating Technology

Dr Clare Hanmer, Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations

Case Study: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Homes

Nicholas Harne, Assistant Director Homes and Neighbourhoods, Hull City Council

Case Study: Installing Renewable Heating Technology – Air Source Heat Pumps

Helen Ball, Sustainability Manager, Broadacres Housing Association

Session 5 – Housing Retrofit: What does it mean for the Tenant, Landlord, Environment, and Wider Society (Part 2)

In Session 5 the Jury continued their closer look at tackling climate change through housing retrofit, including in the specific context of the social housing sector. In addition to invited commentators, the Jury also held a series of informal discussions with tenants who have experience of having their home retrofitted to understand the tenant experience first-hand.

Commentators

Retrofit and the Role of Landlords and Tenants in Tackling Climate Change

Professor Anne Power, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics

What are the ‘Co-Benefits’ of Climate Change Action?

Dr Neil Jennings, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Who Pays? Government Policy and Funding

Chris Burton, Team Leader, Integrated Delivery Team – Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Who Pays? Impact on the Consumer

Matt Copeland, Policy Manager, National Energy Action