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Kevin Clarke, Account Delivery manager at Procure Plus, looks at how, amidst political uncertainty, the commitment to achieving a net-zero economy by 2050 underscores the importance of eco-friendly housing and retrofitting initiatives like the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and Home Upgrade Grant


The urgency to accelerate the transition to more eco-friendly and energy-efficient housing has never been more apparent, and recent developments on the political front have added much confusion to the quest.

This abrupt policy shift threatens to add more uncertainty to our path to decarbonisation.

But the paramount goal of establishing a net-zero economy by 2050 remains a legally binding commitment, unchanged by the ebb and flow of political dynamics. Landlords currently on their retrofit journey must not let the indecision of government distract their focus.

The United Kingdom presently boasts some of Europe’s coldest and energy-inefficient homes, underscoring the critical importance of turning up the heat on the retrofit agenda.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHFD) and the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) represent a critical avenue for driving forward the reduction in carbon emissions within the sector. However, securing and effectively utilising this funding is a multifaceted challenge that necessitates the expertise and support of experienced procurement specialists.



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