Catalyst wins Gold at SHIFT awards

Catalyst has become one of only two housing providers in the country to achieve a Gold ‘Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow’ (SHIFT) standard for the sustainability of its developments and its working practices.

The award was announced during the Homes conference 2012 and presented by the Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chairman of Committee on Climate Change and Robin Lawler, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Thirty eight environmentally forward-thinking housing providers were represented at the event, twenty four achieving silver and twelve receiving bronze.

The rankings were the culmination of five months of analysis looking at providers’ environmental credentials. Categories examined by SHIFT included office carbon emissions, use of sustainable materials in existing homes, engagement with the community on sustainability issues, and flood preparedness.

Phil Thompson – head of development – programme delivery and quality said;

“We are immensely proud of this achievement and of making it to the gold standard in just four years. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our team and initiatives such as our Eco-refurbishment scheme in Reading – which recently won a Sustainable Housing Award. We have also worked closely with our suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint and have run a popular office recycling scheme.

“Sustainability is very important to Catalyst and we will continue to find new ways to make the company, our residents & their communities more environmentally friendly. The aim now is to continue improving our performance and achieve the highest platinum standard within the next four years.”

Lord Deben commented;

These organisations have stepped forward to be independently assessed. I commend the members of SHIFT for working to reduce their impacts on so many levels and benchmarking their performance against their peers.”

Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change had this to say of SHIFT members;

Energy prices are rising, and we face challenging carbon reduction targets. I’m delighted to see SHIFT members taking action to understand their environmental impacts, including energy use, through independent assessment – and then working to reduce them.”