In 2016 the countries in the European Union signed the Paris Agreement for climate change. It states that signatories limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees in relation to the pre-industrial era. By the mid-21st century, there must be a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and the ability of nature to absorb them. The Netherlands has committed itself to these agreements. The goal of our policy for SSH is this: our activities are completely climate neutral by 2050.

Principles of sustainability

Our sustainability policy is summarized in the following seven principles:

1. SSH is completely climate neutral by 2050.
2. We measure our success by the amount of CO2 emissions that we reduce.
3. We can only achieve our goals if our tenants also cooperate.
4. Most houses and complexes have a collective connection. We buy as green as possible energy for these tenants.
5. Stopping with natural gas has the highest priority for us.
6. To make our complexes climate neutral, we combine major maintenance and renovation work with structural procedures where possible.
7. We prefer not to invest in techniques that are still in their infancy because they are usually expensive and do not yet offer an optimal return.

Unfortunately, we cannot make all our buildings climate neutral in one go. We need years for this. You can read below what our priorities are for 2018 and 2019.

Independents homes
Our independent homes already have on average an energy label B. Approx. 500 homes have a “bad” label (D to G). Tackling this is our priority. We will no longer have homes with an E to G label by 2020.

LED lighting
We have started replacing all old light fittings in general areas. All old light fixtures will be replaced by LED lighting by 2023.

Replacing gas
We will continue to replace cooking gas connections in complexes with rooms. The aim is to have all cooking gas connections replaced by 2028 and that everyone can cook electrically. Other appliances on gas, such as central heating systems, will also be replaced, where possible, with electric alternatives.

Wind energy
We are purchasing 100% Dutch wind energy from Eneco for tenants with a collective connection, to offset CO2 emissions from natural gas.

Energy meters
We want to make it transparent to residents how much energy they consume. That’s why we place measuring equipment in complexes with collective meters in order to monitor the energy consumption per household. This is necessary to provide tenants with insight into the effects of their living behaviour. The aim is that each household has a meter by 2025.

Pilots in Tuindorp-West Complex
We are carrying out pilot projects in the monumental Tuindorp-West Complex (TWC), where we will renovate three floors in different ways to achieve climate neutral. We will test this for a year so that we can learn how the various methods score on, among other things, the climate gains and comfort for tenants. We can then apply this knowledge to the sustainability of the entire complex and other (monumental) buildings.

Sustainable maintenance
We will set standards for the minimum sustainability requirements in cases of far-reaching maintenance such as central heating systems, roof replacement, frame replacement, mechanical ventilation replacement, etc.

Measuring is knowing

No labels exist for shared units. This is not a problem, because the CO2 emissions can also be calculated on the basis of energy consumption. We are working on a timeline of 2050 to limit these emissions to zero

Would you like more information about our sustainability? Take a look at our strategic policy.