MAINSTREAMING SUSTAINABILITY

Becoming a Model Carbon Zero Estate

We want to do our bit to reduce carbon emissions. Our aim is to make the Lancaster West estate, a net carbon zero estate by 2030.

Find out what we have done so far and what is to come below. 


Join our green group

Join our green group

The Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team is developing a sustainability strategy for the homes we manage and would like your input!

It's important that we do our bit to tackle climate change, but it’s equally as important that we do this in a way that meets resident priorities and improves quality of life.

We’re starting a Green Group for residents to share thoughts and ideas and to learn more about a whole range of topics like making homes energy-efficient, decreasing bills, composting and recycling as well as improving green spaces and air quality.

If you would  like more details, contact Hannah Smith at hannah2.smith@rbkc.gov.uk .

And if you would like to be involved in our green group please follow this link

Composting Awareness Week

Composting Awareness Week

Lancaster West Estate resident Fabrice empties his kitchen food waste into the hotbin in the shared courtyard outside Morland House. He told us he's reduced the kitchen waste he sends to landfill by 50% and it's encouraging him to cook more at home. 
 
Hotbins breakdown waste 32 times faster than a traditional composter. The compost will be used in the communal gardens. There are currently three hotbins on the Lancaster West Estate with plans to install more if these are a success. It's part of the action we're taking to fulfill our commitment to making the Lancaster West Estate carbon neutral by 2030.

What Are We Doing Now

What Are We Doing Now

We're trying hard to ensure that our voids are as sustainable as they can be. This includes:
 
  • Switching all voids to renewable energy providers to reduce their carbon footprint. 
  • Installing 'Nest' smart thermostats which learn from resident heating preferences and adjusts the temperature accordingly to maximise energy efficiency.  
  • Removing gas from voids which saves energy as electric cookers and hobs are more efficient than their gas equivalents. 
  • We've installed LED lights throughout, replacing the existing inefficient incandescent bulbs which use 6 times more energy.  
  • We have reduced emissions by replacing our diesel vans with two electric vans and our repairs operatives now cycle to jobs. 

(Robert our local resident Gardner preparing for the lunchtime bulb planting sessions.)

What We're Exploring

What We're Exploring

We are currently exploring the number of funding streams to raise money to implement wider-reaching energy saving initiatives. 
 
  • We are planning to replace out two existing district systems with a renewable alternative such as ground source heat pumps. This would bring down costs to residents as well as reduce our carbon footprint. To do this, we are looking into the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy. 
  • We are exploring options such as installing solar panels, better roof insulation and double glazing in blocks across the estate to get closer to our estate-wide net zero target. To do this we are pursuing the Mayor of London's Energy Efficient Fund (MEEF) which can provide low cost loads to fund works which reduce energy emissions from housing in London.
  • We want to improve biodiversity around the estate and intend on planting meadows and bulbs around the estate, as well as installing green rooves where possible. 


(Robert and Lancaster West members planting bulbs around the estate)