Youth homelessness charity launches first Green Action Plan ahead of World Environment Day 2021

4th June 2021

Scottish Youth Homelessness Charity, Rock Trust, publishes their first Green Action Plan 2021-22 to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and improving the health, wellbeing and prospects for young people affected by homelessness.

Rock Trust’s first Green Action Plan outlines the steps the charity is currently taking to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as highlighting the many steps they aim to take over the next year to help minimise environmental impact. The plan is proudly aligned to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the first year’s SMART objectives initially focusing on goal three and seven of the UN’s 2030 Agenda: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Affordable and Clean Energy.

Fuel costs continue to remain a critical issue in Scotland, with 25% of all households living in fuel poverty – defined by the Scottish Government as any household spending more than 10% of their income on energy – after housing costs have been taken out. Like the Scottish Government, Rock Trust recognises the four main drivers of fuel poverty: energy prices, income, energy efficiency of the home, and how energy is used in the home. The charity has already begun addressing these drivers in their Green Action Plan by creating resource booklets for the young people in their services and accommodation. These resources provide guidance on areas such as sustainability in the home, energy efficiency and condensation. You can view these booklets on Rock Trust’s Sustainability webpage here:

Rock Trust staff are also benefiting from the organisation’s commitment to the Green Action plan. Five employees have signed up to the charity’s Bike2Work scheme as part of their initiative to promote active travel. This number is expected to grow as COVID-19 restrictions ease and more employees come back to the workplace.

Rock Trust’s partners Home Energy Scotland and OVO Foundation have been influential to their Green Action Plan, both contributing to the plan and offering ongoing advice and support surrounding sustainability best practice.

Read Rock Trust’s Green Action Plan 2021-22.

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