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National Housing Conference

 National Housing Conference


ESG & Sustainability for Housing in Scotland

The 20th edition of the National Housing Conference will play an important part in setting out the role of ESG & sustainability in Scotland’s social housing.

The event will be virtual and take place over 4 days from 5-8 September, with sessions focusing on a different topical issue each day.

The event is now open for registration. You can sign up for every day, or choose to attend the sessions which are most relevant to your role and interest in the sector.

Each day will focus on a different theme in the format of live roundtable lunchtime events. To register, please click on the relevant link for that day.

Monday 5 September
Social housing in 2022 and beyond

James McMorrow (Harper Macleod LLP) | Shona Robison MSP (Scottish Government)

In this session, we will consider the range of challenges facing the sector in 2022 and beyond, including: continued Brexit and COVID-19 fallout; rising energy costs and supply chain concerns; the cost of living crisis and its impact upon RSLs and tenants; mounting environmental concerns and net zero targets; the risks and opportunities presented by the ESG agenda; and how RSLs will fund their strategic and operational objectives.

We will also consider current and emerging Government policy and are delighted to welcome as our keynote speaker Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (pre-recorded talk).


Tuesday 6 September
The Retrofit Challenge
Collette Miller (Harper Macleod LLP) | Euan Pirie (Harper Macleod LLP) | Bryan Leask (Hjaltland Housing Association)

Social landlords are committed to tackling climate change and working towards net zero, but how can that be done in relation to existing housing stock? In this session, we will explore the commercial, legal and practical challenges of achieving EESSH and EESH2 and consider measures that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of existing housing stock.


Wednesday 7 September
Sustainable Funding – the challenges and opportunities for Scottish RSLs
Derek Hogg (Harper Macleod) | Samantha Bett (Wheatley Group) | Gavin Reid (Scottish Widows) | Christopher Yau (Bank of Scotland)

Day 3 of the National Housing Conference will focus on the increasing importance of ESG and Sustainability when Scottish RSLs are raising new funding from the perspectives of RSL borrower and lender, including the opportunities available to those RSLs who commit to applying funding towards agreed purposes to meet their own sustainability goals. Harper Macleod Partner Derek Hogg will be joined by Samantha Bett, Director of Treasury (Wheatley Group), Gavin Reid, Associate Director, Loan Investments & Shareholder Assets (Scottish Widows) and Christopher Yau, Director, Origination & Sustainability, Housing (Bank of Scotland).


Thursday 8 September
NHC 2022 – Putting the EDI into ESG
Lorna Davis (Harper Macleod) | Liz MacKinnon (Blackwood)

The National Housing Conference will conclude with a session titled “NHC 2022 – Putting the EDI into ESG: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Social Housing Industry”.

Our speakers comment on the key aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion relevant to the Environmental, Social and Governance performance of social housing providers, and offer practical guidance as to the steps organisations can take to increase staff-wellbeing and widen the demographic of governing body members.


Catch up

Catch up on our 2021 event

“Building the future – the role of social housing in a post-pandemic society “

The 19th edition of the National Housing Conference played an important part in setting out the role of social housing in the country’s transition from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

Over 5 days, our legal specialists were joined by a selection of industry and academic speakers. If you missed any sessions or would like to revisit what happened on particular days all the content is now available on-demand.

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