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NetZero Collective has been awarded a place on the seven-year, £1.5bn Greener Futures Partnership (GFP) decarbonisation delivery framework, recently launched by Pretium Frameworks and GFP.

By sharing its expertise in decarbonising homes, it will advise framework users on how to achieve net zero through retrofit and decarbonisation works to homes as well as plan and programme manage decarbonisation programmes.

The GFP is made up of five member organisations, including Abri Group, Anchor Hanover Group, Home Group, Hyde Group, and Sanctuary Housing Association. Together they manage around 300,000 homes across England, Wales, and Scotland.

GFP partners won all three bids submitted in SHDF wave one with local authorities, securing £5.2m of grant funding for 461 properties, as well as successfully bidding for a further £40.4m, in SHDF wave two through a joint consortium bid including all five partners.

Initial work awarded by the partners through the decarbonisation delivery framework will be connected to the wave two funding to retrofit over 5,000 homes.

Notably, the framework is also accessible to other social housing providers.

“We are thrilled to be awarded a place on the Greener Futures Partnership framework,” said director Neil Waite.

“Securing this is testament to our team of experts, who are dedicated to achieving a sustainable future. Together with like-minded organisations, we will continue to work with landlords to make all buildings fit for the future while contributing to the UK’s net-zero targets and mitigating the impact of climate change.

“This is just the beginning of what we can achieve together, and we look forward to further collaboration with our partners.”

Premium Frameworks director of framework partnerships Jessica John said: “We’re delighted to be launching this much-needed new framework for the delivery of decarbonisation works and services, which provides the perfect vehicle for supporting the housing sector to tackle the sustainability challenge and meet Government targets.

“We will be hitting the ground running, with an immediate pipeline of work, following Sanctuary’s successful SHDF Wave 2 bid, as the lead member for GFP, which secured a £40.4m grant funding contribution towards the £90m wave 2 programme.

“We’re also in discussions with several organisations who haven’t yet spent their wave one SHDF funding, as they’ve been unable to find a suitable route to market, to deliver the work types.”

Together with low-carbon energy specialists and academic research partners including the University of Southampton, NetZero Collective is supporting landlords across the UK to produce evidence-based decarbonisation plans, aligned to PAS2035 and PAS2038.