Our commitment to


We are committed to embedding sustainable development principles, reducing our carbon footprint, combating climate change and tackling fuel poverty.

Our Sustainability Plan and Sustainability Policy demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and our belief that it should be central to everything we do as a business.

From a customer perspective, we aim to improve the livelihoods of our residents by:

  • improving the energy efficiency of our homes;
  • identifying and promoting ways of making energy more affordable; and
  • supporting good health and wellbeing through initiatives in both homes and communities.

As an organisation, we will continue to strive to be a sustainable, responsible business by:

  • minimising our impact on the environment;
  • reducing our carbon footprint;
  • reducing running costs through less carbon and resource intensive activities and operations; and
  • considering the implications of a changing climate and how we need to adapt in order to safeguard WDH and its assets for future generations.

By 2020, the aim is to have:

  • improved our homes to a minimum EPC (energy performance certificate) band rating of D wherever possible – five years ahead of the Government target for fuel poor homes;
  • created a Green Retrofit Standard following a number of trials of alternative heating systems and packages of low cost energy efficiency measures;
  • a clear position regarding energy switching and will have been proactive in ensuring as many residents as possible are on the best energy tariffs;
  • reduced the business carbon footprint year-on-year, resulting in a 10% improvement on 2015 levels – lowering our environmental impact and realising associated cost savings as a result;
  • annually maintained ISO 14001 accreditation to demonstrate that the business is operating within an environmentally sound framework; and
  • implemented a Sustainable Travel Policy across the business so that employees have a clear understanding of the options available to them to travel sustainably both during work and whilst commuting.

The RED WoLF Project

WDH are pleased to be contributing to the REDWoLF pilot project. 18 properties will be partcipating in the EU funded energy saving project, which includes having electric storage heaters, solar PV and battery storage into the properties. The properties will be monitored by Leeds Beckett University.

WDH's involvement in RED WoLF will provide valuable insight in to how these measures can improve energy efficiency, support the transition to a low carbon economy and help tackle fuel poverty. You can view further information about the Red WoLF project.

For further information about our commitments to Sustainability, contact our Sustainability Team on 0345 8 507 507 or email sustainabilityteam@wdh.co.uk.

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