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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 42085, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the National Housing Federation’s defining net zero for social housing: discussion paper, and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

13 September 2021

The Government welcomes the National Housing Federation discussion paper for its members on defining net zero for social housing and we look forward to seeing the outcome of the Federation's decarbonisation project.

The Social Housing White Paper committed to a review of the Decent Homes Standard, which will consider how the standard can work to support better energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of social homes. Part One of the review is underway and is due to conclude this Autumn.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), for which the manifesto committed £3.8 billion over 10 years, will support local authorities and housing associations to improve the energy performance of social rented homes. Following the launch of the SHDF Demonstrator in October 2020, £62 million has been awarded so far, covering over 2,300 social homes, to test innovative approaches to retrofitting at scale. Bidding for the first wave of the fund opened in August 2021.