Orbit appoints Energy and Environment Lead

Orbit has appointed an Energy and Environment Lead, Daniel Welch, to help protect its customers from rising bills and reduce the organisation’s impact on the environment.

Daniel, who has a Sustainable Business Management degree from the University of Keele, joins Orbit from Anchor where he held a role as an Energy Advisor and was responsible for providing energy and water saving advice to the housing association’s residents. Prior to Anchor, Daniel had sustainability roles at EDF Energy, Oxford City Council and Thames Water.

Orbit has made a firm commitment to achieving net zero carbon in its operations by 2030 and becoming net zero carbon in its homes and supply chain before 2050. Last month, the social housing provider announced it had achieved a 33% reduction in its carbon footprint since establishing a baseline in 2018, and by 6.9% in the past year.

Daniel Welch, Energy and Environment Lead at Orbit, commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Orbit at a time when the environment is firmly at the top of the organisation’s agenda. The organisation has a clear roadmap on how it’s going to achieve net zero carbon and I’m looking forward to help deliver this and do what we can to mitigate the rising fuel costs our customers are facing. The sector as a whole is facing these challenges and it’s vital we rise to these if we are to enhance our environment and continue creating places and spaces for communities to thrive.”

Alongside its net zero carbon commitments, Orbit published its Net Zero Carbon Roadmap last year, which sets out how the organisation will deliver its commitments across its operations, homes and supply chain.

David March, Environmental and Sustainability at Orbit, added: “We are excited to welcome Daniel to Orbit who will play a crucial role in reducing our environmental impact and protecting our customers from the current rising fuel bills. Daniel brings with him a wealth of experience from both the public and private sector and his expertise will be much valued to help achieve our target of becoming a net zero carbon organisation by 2030.”