Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon management - Reporting and accounting

WINNER - ASTER GROUP

Aster is a not-for-profit housing association providing housing and related services in central southern and south-west England. Group companies own and manage nearly 17,000 homes, have a turnover of more than £80m and, between them, employ more than 900 people.

In 2008, the group employed its first sustainability manager and set 'reducing carbon footprint' as one of five key objectives across all aspects of its activities. This led Aster to target a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, rising to 80% by 2050.

The group published its first sustainability report in 2009, described by the Green Business Awards judges as 'a great first report and a significant step forward for the housing association sector'. The judges praised the report for its clarity and simplicity. All key issues are covered in just 20 pages.

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