Audley Group has announced that its entire portfolio of retirement villages will be powered by green energy by November 2021.
The operator’s 19 existing villages, which offer on-site domiciliary care, will transfer over to green energy sources, such as wind and solar power, in the next two years, and all newly-completed villages will operate on green energy going forward.
The commitment spans all communal areas at the villages including the restaurant, Audley Club and Mayfield Club, spa and gym.
In addition, the vast majority of property owners purchase their gas and electricity through Audley’s provider. This means over 90% of owner properties will also be powered by green energy by the end of next year.
At present, energy and electricity use from UK properties accounts for 20% of UK greenhouse emissions and these will need to fall by at least a quarter by 2030 to meet targets, according to the Committee on Climate Change.
Audley is also working on a number of initiatives to move towards zero carbon status. This includes evaluating sustainable building practices and the integration of low to zero carbon technologies, such as natural ventilation and ground source heating in both existing and new villages.
Kevin Shaw, Managing Director, Audley Group, said: “Environmental issues and sustainability impact every aspect of our daily lives, from the food we eat to the energy we use, and not least the homes we live in. It is something that is incredibly important to not only us at Audley, but also our property owners.
“We are the very first retirement village provider to implement green energy across our full portfolio of villages and we are part of just a handful of housebuilders putting zero carbon initiatives at the heart of our projects. Our latest announcement reaffirms our commitment to reducing emissions from the housing sector and is just another step on the journey to zero carbon status.”