Awards success for Tai Tarian’s environmental focus
Tai Tarian is celebrating after being named the most environmentally sustainable housing association in Wales, and second in the UK.
The Neath Port Talbot-based social landlord was named in Housing Digital’s list of organisations who are doing the most to reduce their impact on the environment.
The survey was designed to find the housing providers who have shown a genuine commitment to the green agenda and have gone above and beyond to improve the sustainability of their housing stock and their own organisation.
Tai Tarian, who had previously announced an ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 was commended for training staff on sustainability issues, with plans for a comprehensive educational and behaviour change programme in the future, its commitment to biodiversity, including many community projects, plans to plant 200,000 trees in the coming years, and exploring alternative green ways to reduce carbon.
Other reasons the housing association scored highly included the introduction of a fleet of electric vehicles, ensuring all new build properties conform to the highest environmental standards with the introduction of renewable sources of energy and natural insulation options and equipping existing homes with the latest technology to improve their energy efficiency.
The award’s judges were highly impressed with Tai Tarian’s commitment to sustainability:
“There’s so much here to commend, from committing to building all new homes to EPC A standard, to pledging to become carbon neutral by 2030. A really impressive push for sustainability, and a housing association that Wales and the UK should be proud of.”
Linda Whittaker, Tai Tarian’s chief executive said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been named the top housing association in Wales and second in the UK for sustainability.
“Helping to create a sustainable planet is at the core of everything we do, whether that’s building new homes, retrofitting existing homes or working with the community on bio-diversity projects.
“There’s much more to be done to help fight the climate emergency, but I’m proud of the start we have made and am pleased to see that our efforts have been recognised already.”
Tai Tarian will now attend a Housing Digital winners’ webinar to share their success story with other finalists.