Green glory for housing association

24 August 2015

Housing association New Charter Homes based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities for the second year running.

For this second award, New Charter Homes has signed a first-of-its-kind deal worth more than £18m with solar installation partners to fit the technology to suitable homes. Up to 4,500 homes in Tameside, Greater Manchester will be fitted with solar panels to cut carbon emissions and save tenants around £40m in reduced electricity bills over 25 years.

New Charter competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and will be presented with its trophy and certificate at a ceremony in The Houses of Parliament on November 16th.

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, New Charter has been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book; the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.

The housing association could also progress to represent the country in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. 

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation; an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.