Telford Homes calls out sector in its annual sustainability report

Telford Homes launches its annual sustainability report, calling out the sector to address the issue of whole life carbon in developments.

This year's annual sustainability report by Telford Homes, titled 'Building Sustainable Communities' | BTR News
This year's annual sustainability report by Telford Homes, titled 'Building Sustainable Communities'.

Residential and mixed-use developer Telford Homes has launched its annual sustainability report, titled ‘Building Sustainable Communities’, calling out the sector to become more effective in addressing the issue of whole life carbon in developments and operations.

The company has confirmed in its report that it is on track to achieve some of its major targets, including their 2023 requirement that new schemes have a 10% reduction in embodied carbon (754.2kgCO2e/m2) against its 2019 baseline, which in turn is in line with its ultimate target to be below 500kgCO2e/mby 2030 (minimum of 40% reduction).

Telford Homes has many upcoming milestones, including its ambition to send zero-waste to landfill from 2024, implementing the Future Homes Standard in 2025 alongside achieving a science-based carbon target the same year, before reaching net zero by 2030.

According to the sustainability report, much of the focus so far has been on operational carbon, with little focus on embodied carbon.

“A commitment to sustainability is essential for a well-functioning and healthy society. Given smart capital will increasingly focus on only sustainable assets, it is a business imperative too. We’re taking steps to address embodied carbon in our developments and believe that to truly make progress we need to move together with the industry to tackle challenges through accurately monitoring and forecasting data through whole life carbon assessments. We continue to collaborate with peers through the Future Homes Hub and support Part Z of the Future Homes Standard. We are eager and willing to work with our counterparts in developers and housebuilders across the UK and urge everyone to share best practices so we can have an honest conversation about developments’ whole life carbon impact.”

Anne Kavanagh, CEO, Telford Homes

To help aid in the reduction of embodied carbon, the company carries out whole life carbon assessments on all new schemes and requests that their supply chain provide Environmental Product Declarations to ensure they are selecting products with a lower carbon intensity.

Telford Homes were also one of the first developers in 2021 to procure a license for an automated lifecycle assessment software that enables businesses to calculate and reduce the whole life carbon impact on their schemes.

“Our annual sustainability report sets out what we as a developer need to celebrate when it comes to our net zero journey, as well as what areas we still need to focus on. We’re making tangible progress in our journey to net zero and will continue working with investors, partners, customers, colleagues and those across the industry to create more sustainable communities.”

John O’Dwyer, Head of Sustainability, Telford Homes

Highlights from the sustainability report include: Telford Homes achieving a 41% reduction in site CO2e intensity (compared to 23.6% in 2021), 99% of waste is being diverted from landfill (99% in 2021), 100% of new build schemes benefit from low-carbon or renewable technologies (100% in 2021), pivoting away from gas led infrastructure to the electrification of schemes, and 10% reduction of embodied carbon against the 2019 baseline.

In 2021, Telford Homes became one of the first developers to set out a clear roadmap to becoming a zero-carbon developer by 2030 – and released its second report in August 2022. The developer was also ranked as the UK’s most sustainable homebuilder in 2022 by NextGeneration for the third consecutive year.