Building on our 2020 SHIFT Silver accreditation, Bernicia has now achieved SHIFT Gold accreditation for 2021, further demonstrating our commitment to the environment and sustainability, despite the coronavirus restrictions we’ve been under since the last assessment.
Bernicia’s activities have a large impact on the environment, from office and operational activities to the performance of our tenants’ homes, and to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, we have undergone assessment by SHIFT, the sustainability standard for the housing sector.
Provided by SHIFT Environment and supported throughout the sector, it’s an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets.
It measures organisations against 22 environmental criteria, including carbon emissions, water use, landfill waste and response to climate change risks, and awards Commended, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum accreditation, depending on performance.
Our Gold Award is great news, rewarding us for the good work we currently do in this area and pushing us to strive to do even better in our next assessment.
A bespoke report has been issued which contains tailored recommendations on how we can improve, from which we’ll create action plans to achieve our new targets.