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Climate Change and the Environment

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and a concern for everyone. Shifting weather patterns and adverse weather conditions that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change is a global problem. It’s increasingly clear this is a today issue and not a problem for future generations. Climate change is already affecting our world and maybe more than some of us realise.

Greenhouse gases occur naturally and are essential to the survival of humans and millions of other living things, by keeping some of the sun’s warmth from reflecting back into space and making Earth liveable. But after more than a century and a half of industrialisation, deforestation, and large scale agriculture, quantities of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have risen to record levels not seen in three million years. As populations, economies and standards of living grow, so does the cumulative level of greenhouse gas emissions.

With the construction industry being one of the largest contributors producing approximately 11.4 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions produced in 2020, reducing our carbon footprint is fundamentally necessary to create a world where people and nature thrive.

We Build Homes and Sustainable Communities

Creating communities of tomorrow that fulfil our customers’ and stakeholders’ every need, while respecting today’s environment is what drives Westerhill Homes. Our commitment to sustainability has been ingrained in our operations since our establishment in 2009, but we recognise the need to be more ambitious for the future.

Westerhill Homes (a part of the Chartway Partnerships Group) is a land-led housebuilder based in the southeast of England. Our vision is to provide Homes for Everyone by unlocking land opportunities and creating thriving neighbourhoods with high-quality homes across all tenure types.

We are a business made up of partnerships. How we use natural resources, mitigate our environmental footprint and develop an energy efficient operation to deliver quality homes with great environmental credentials is personal for us and is a central tenet of what we do. As such, we present our Sustainability Strategy, outlining our eight key themes and targets for 2031, as well as our comprehensive approach to minimising our environmental impact.

We are proud to deliver our first sustainability strategy and it is aimed at showcasing how we behave ethically to improve the quality of life for our staff, our customers
and our communities.

The Mission Zero: 2031 Sustainability Strategy has been written and prepared for Westerhill Homes land-led residential developments and linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit the link below for more details on the 17 SDGs set by the UN.

The United Nations 17 SDGs

Mission Zero: 2031

The eight pillars of the Westerhill Homes Sustainability Strategy


Climate Change Adaptation

Addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change through proactive measures.

Resource Depletion

Ensuring responsible use of resources and minimising waste across the Group.

Green Skills and Greener Economy

Supporting the growth and training of green jobs and fostering a sustainable economy.

Regulatory Compliance

Meeting all regulatory requirements and addressing societal and Governance expectations.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Balancing efficiency and effectiveness in our operations to ensure we manage our carbon impact across Westerhill Homes.

Diverse Sustainability Initiatives

Pursuing a wide range of sustainability initiatives to achieve meaningful and sustained impact.

Supply Chain Resources

Decarbonising our Supply Chain by introducing a Procurement Charter for partners to sign-up to.

HS&E Standards

Upholding the highest standards of Health, Safety & Environmental practices.

Biodiversity and Ecological Gain

Being a place-maker of new homes and community spaces, we are keen to make sure that the areas we develop are better than we found them. This includes the Biodiversity and green spaces within developments.

Businesses like ours play a front line role, directly engaging and enthusing the public about biodiversity. We will work with them to engage more people and empower them to make a difference. Establishing new green areas and empowering communities to protect local environments that are important to them.

Westerhill Homes and Biodiversity in action

Introducing the Chartway Bee

Westerhill Homes and Chartway Partnerships Group is excited (you could say buzzing) to announce our new partnership with Bee Conservation. As part of our commitment to biodiversity and sustainability, Summer 2023, we installed the first Chartway bee hive onsite at our Head Office in Kent.

Introducing the Chartway Bee – our beloved new emblem which will symbolise our dedication to preserving and nurturing ecosystems. You’ll be seeing the Chartway Bee across our business and communications, connecting Chartway initiatives to the remarkable world of pollinators. We have future plans to extend our beekeeping efforts to our development housing sites, with a sweet vision of producing our very own Chartway Honey in the future!

To celebrate the occasion, members of the Chartway team embraced their inner beekeepers and volunteered for the day at the hive installation. A big thanks to Alex Markwick and Julie Brown who fully dove into the experience, immersing themselves in the importance of pollinators and their vital role in our ecosystem. HIVE 5 to #TeamChartway

But wait, there’s more! Coming soon in 2024, we’re taking the Chartway Bee on a journey to educate and inspire the next generation. Our Chartway Bee ambassadors will be visiting schools, engaging with eager young minds, and raising awareness about biodiversity and the built environment.

Click the link below to watch our video of the Chartway Bee Hive installation at our Kent Head Office

Together, we’ll continue to create a thriving, sustainable future. Let’s bee the change!

Our Road Map to Net Zero Carbon Homes

The 2031 target for our homes

We are committed to measuring and reporting our carbon footprint in line with our Net Zero targets. We continuously improve our procedures and strive to decarbonise our activities. This includes identifying development opportunities, fostering innovation, and driving continual business improvement.

We are working towards achieving Net Zero / Low Energy Housing, using the NDSS standard as a baseline. By future-proofing our designs, we ensure that our homes are versatile, sustainable and aligned with our clients’ objectives.

From 2023, we will have the capability to deliver Net Zero / Low Energy Homes (EPC A) and by 2031, all our homes will be Net Zero Carbon.

Interested in reading more about the Westerhill Homes approach to Sustainability? Please complete the form below and we’ll email you a copy of our Mission Zero: 2031 strategy.