ARCO Council publishes NET Zero report

June 14, 2022

Members of ARCO’s expert Advisory Council have united to publish a new report, highlighting how the Integrated Retirement Community sector can tackle the Net Zero Carbon challenge.

The ‘Grey going green?’ report includes submissions from nine of ARCO’s Strategic Partners and Partners, who all highlight different areas of the Net Zero Carbon agenda, and the steps Integrated Retirement Community operators can take.

The IRC sector has over 70,000 homes for older people, which is set for rapid growth. At the ARCO Advisory Council meeting held early in 2022, we heard from two such Members about their Net Zero strategies. Inspired Villages is currently targeting ‘Net Zero regulated energy’ as a first steppingstone, and exploring modern methods of construction, technology and much more to help them be green. Retirement Villages Group has drafted a supply chain charter focused on Net Zero and are exploring the introduction of green leases for new developments, among other steps.

ARCO’s introduction to the report says that ‘In the Integrated Retirement Community sector, we often talk about longevity. The opportunities and challenges that come with greater longevity of life for older people. The need to provide housing and care settings that enable older people to flourish and stay healthy during these extra years.

‘But this is not the only meaning of longevity for our sector. Just as important for our planet, and the people living on it, are the steps Integrated Retirement Communities are taking, and can take in the years ahead, to preserve and protect the environment on behalf of future generations.’

The Advisory Council’s range of expertise includes technology, manufacturing, architecture, food and beverage, and much more, with the report examining the Net Zero Carbon challenge through these different lenses, and offering recommendations to operators.

The full list of contributors, and the titles of their pieces, are as follows:

  • Apetito: Are you in the race to Net Zero?
  • NHBC: Net Zero through offsite construction.
  • Nicol Thomas: Strategic design principles to aid achieving Net Zero Carbon.
  • Urban Edge: Learnings from working with IVG on their Net Zero Carbon strategy.
  • Life3A: Establishing Net Zero and sustainable outcomes for Integrated Retirement Communities.
  • Local Homes: Offsite manufacturing, use of timber frame and why it should be a consideration for Zero Carbon.
  • Total Integrated Solutions: Using technology to meet the Net Zero challenge.
  • Hansgrohe: Uniting water and carbon savings.
  • MGAC/RLF: How do you make carbon reduction a commercial reality?

Commenting on the report’s publication, ARCO’s Chief Executive, Michael Voges, said, ‘Our sector’s mission of promoting longevity needs to apply not only to older people, but to our planet as a whole.

‘With over 70,000 homes in Integrated Retirement Communities and the sector set for rapid growth, we’ve got a key role to play in meeting the Net Zero Carbon challenge.’

Visit the ARCO website to read the report in full.

In other news, Access Social Care has published its annual State of the Nation report today, which reveals a staggering 229% increase in the number of social care needs assessment enquiries in the year 2021-22 compared to 2019-20.


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