Mears Group =’sapproach to Sustainability (ESG) is built upon reducing emissions, improving people’s lives, and creating value through robust, ethical, and transparent business practices. It demonstrates a clear ambition to be considered as the most socially responsible business in our sector.
Mears recognises that climate change is both a business risk and opportunity and that we have a responsibility as an ethical service provider to measure, monitor and reduce our carbon footprint.
Mears has a declared target to achieve:
▪ Net Zero Carbon across our operations by 2030
▪ Net Zero Carbon across our wider value chain by 2045
A Net Zero Carbon Strategy & Science-Based Transition Plan is in development and will be completed during 2022 alongside verification of Mears’ 2021 footprint. This exercise includes an assessment of our organisational boundary, scope and data collection and reporting processes.
Mears has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and is currently developing a Net Zero Carbon Strategy and a Science-Based Transition Plan to achieve our commitments.
This includes expected targets on:
▪ Transitioning the Mears fleet of c3200 vehicles to electric vehicles (EV) by 2030
▪ Utilising 100% renewable energy within Mears Group
▪ Achieving a Zero Waste Index score of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030
▪ Increasing Mears recycling rate year on year from a baseline of 90% of all waste generated or secured from properties.
Mears will be joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and Carbon Disclosure Project in the future. Our targets and approach will be refined following completion of the Strategy in 2022. This will include a comprehensive approach to climate change adaptation through altering our behaviour, systems, and operating processes to protect our environment in which we live from the impacts of climate change.
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is the first tranche of funding from central Government via the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) over the next 10 years to improve the energy performance of social rented homes on the journey to achieve net zero by 2050 in England. The purpose of the SHDF is to raise the energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of social homes to a minimum of EPC Band C by taking a ‘worst first, fabric first’ approach to result in the following outcomes:
Mears has a clear ambition, working with our clients to become the leading provider of carbon reduction solutions in the social housing sector.
Our approach to achieving this in collaboration with our clients has a clear focus on:
Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund
Mears has worked collaboratively with three clients to design tailored retrofit solutions and secured £5.18m of funding via the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), as part of a £15m overall investment to undertake energy efficiency works to 471 homes with Livin Housing, Crawley Homes and Milton Keynes Council.
The funding applications were facilitated by Mears Carbon Reduction Team in partnership with Livin Housing, Crawley Homes and Milton Keynes Council. The Mears Carbon Reduction Team (CRT) was created in 2021 and is focused on developing a solution to support our existing clients to decarbonise their housing stock by taking a resident first approach that is centred on reducing fuel stress, improving residents’ quality of life, and improving the condition and energy performance of clients housing stock.
The successful funding award and client investment will deliver the following measures by March 2023:
Steve Osborne, Head of Business Improvement, said:
“The SHDF funding success is the result of a genuine collaborative approach between Mears, our clients and partners. The submissions resonated as they put residents first by focussing on improving their quality of life through energy efficiency measures and stock improvement to mitigate the impact of rising energy costs – critical in the current climate”
“Our data-led approach enables clients to be ‘funding and finance ready’ with projects ready to go in order to take advantage of funding to support the long-term strategic asset management needs of the housing stock.”
Mears will deliver the following outcomes by March 2023: