Sustainability Solutions for European Housing Providers

More requirements from lenders and investors, regulations from governments and demands from stakeholders – the relevance for housing providers to show their corporate sustainability performance grows.

Lenders and investors

Sustainability is gaining in importance and traction in green and sustainable finance. Lenders and investors want to make a positive impact on society and the environment (climate mitigation and adaptation). Sustainable finance can be seen in a comprehensive way in addressing environmental, social and governance credentials, becoming part of the credit reviewing process.

legislators

National governments have legally committed to targets agreed upon during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and are currently actively engaging all sectors of the economy to make their contribution to a low carbon economy.

Stakeholders

Sustainability is increasingly inserting itself in everyone´s everyday activities. So much so that the housing industry is gearing up towards a low carbon economy, as stakeholders (tenants, regulators) request an accountable performance on sustainability. One way housing providers can showcase this is by issuing corporate sustainability reports on a regular basis.

building communities: Clarion Housing

As part of an explanatory online video series #BuildingCommunities about forward-thinking social and affordable housing initiatives, RITTERWALD showcases the impact of its Certified Sustainable Housing Label (CSHL).

This video was produced for us by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News. 

As part of an explanatory online video series #BuildingCommunities about forward-thinking social and affordable housing initiatives RITTERWALD showcases the impact of its Certified Sustainable Housing Label (CSHL).

Explore more about #BuildingCommunities here: www.buildinghousingcommunities.com  

Clarion Housing Group, the UKs largest Housing Association, and since 2020 holder of the Certified Sustainable Housing Label successfully issued £1bn of ESG bonds and loans to support their social purpose activities. As well as managing 110,000 social and affordable homes  and developing over 2,000 homes a year, Clarion’s social purpose extends to Clarion Futures, a charitable foundation established to support its residents and develop their future.

The film highlights both the importance of housing companies attracting their own sources of private capital, and how the objectives of social and affordable housing organisations can align with investor aspirations. It is also a reminder of the ultimate beneficiaries of social and affordable housing, the tenants, and the contribution sub market housing makes to establishing well-functioning communities.

Clarion Housing Group, the UKs largest Housing Association, and since 2020 holder of the Certified Sustainable Housing Label, successfully issued £1bn of ESG bonds and loans to support their social purpose activities. As well as managing 110,000 social and affordable homes  and developing over 2,000 homes a year, Clarion’s social purpose extends to Clarion Futures, a charitable foundation established to support its residents and develop their future.

The film highlights both the importance of housing companies attracting their own sources of private capital, and how the objectives of social and affordable housing organisations can align with investor aspirations. It is also a reminder of the ultimate beneficiaries of social and affordable housing, the tenants, and the contribution sub market housing makes to establishing well-functioning communities.

Explore more about #BuildingCommunities presented by Housing Europe here: www.buildinghousingcommunities.com  

Expertise

Over the last 10 years, RITTERWALD has established itself as the leading Pan-European strategy consultancy and first mover in sustainable housing — with solutions:

News

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Climate Resilient Homes and Communities for Europe

Ad Hereijgers, Director Business Development at RITTERWALD, will be speaking about the financial aspects of residential building decarbonisation at the EBZ/EFL Summer School taking place in Bochum, Germany, from 4–7 July 2022.

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RITTERWALD's Sustainable Housing Outlook

Update on developments in the West European social and affordable housing industry: We are happy to share the first edition of RITTERWALD’s Sustainable Housing Outlook – published on the occasion of the European Federation for Living (EFL) conference Berlin in June 2022.

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Australia at the forefront of ESG reporting

New reporting standard to demonstrate community housing industry’s ESG credentials, read the media release here.

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Lessons on regeneration and levelling up from the Netherlands

Austen Reid and Ad Hereijgers provide tips on how levelling up can work to create sustainable urban regeneration.

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Broadland Housing has received a Sustainable Housing Label from international consultants Ritterwald

We are the first medium-sized housing association to receive the award, which recognises our strong ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.

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Tenant engagement high on list for Broadland as it achieves ESG label from Ritterwald

Ritterwald, has awarded medium-sized housing association Broadland the Certified Sustainable Housing Label – positive scores on tenant engagement.

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MORhomes passes £500m loans landmark with £30m Sustainability Bond deal for Broadland and RBH

Following on from the launch of its new sustainability bond in November, MORhomes PLC, the housing association bond aggregator owned by 66 housing associations, has made a further issue tapping the Sustainability Bond.

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Aggregator completes first sustainable bond with £19m deal

Social housing bond aggregator MORhomes completed its first sustainable bond through its new sustainability framework developed by RITTERWALD, securing £19.3m

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Leading property group becomes first in UK to align ESG reporting with European sustainability certification

Places for People has become the first UK placemaking and property company to align its environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting with the Certified Sustainable Housing Label.

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Sustainability status secures Link Group’s ground-breaking £80m Scottish Widows funding deal

This funding transaction has been made possible by Link’s early commitment to ESG accreditation by RITTERWALD.

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Hardman & Co Notes: MORHOMES

MH always operated in sustainable manner, but, with enhanced documentation and review of processes, it can now access new investor base.

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Sustainability Reporting in the Housing Industry

Sustainability is the most important megatrend of our times, which also makes it the top subject on the agenda for the real estate industry. RITTERWALD took a closer look at the sustainability reports published by the top 50 companies in the German housing sector.

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Approved Housing Bodies are key to growth of social housing sector in Ireland

Across Europe, social housing is being delivered and operated in a highly regulatory environment. Although smaller in tenure than homeownership, social housing is regarded as a professional risk- adjusted asset class that attracts private ESG investors.