“We have to keep quality of life affordable”
Housing Europe President, Cédric van Styvendael has been one of the few non-institutional speakers who contributed to the high-level conference on clean energy financing that was organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission. Cédric outlined the key points of a strategy that can ensure that quality of life with housing as its centre can be affordable for all Europeans.
In his speech within the framework of the panel discussion ‘Supporting the shift towards clean and efficient energy at the local level’, the President of the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing stressed 3 points:
Renovation of homes is not just a technical challenge. We have to further support building up the missing competencies and skills.
We have to keep stimulating innovation, taking into consideration residents and the balance between reduction of energy consumption and production of green energy.
We need to maintain and reinforce the financial sustainability of those who deliver the energy transition in practice.
Addressing the cost of the energy transition, Cédric stressed that “the most fragile are those who pay the most for their energy and we must change this”, while highlighting the need to move from segmented to holistic thinking when it comes to energy efficiency renovation.
The event that explored ways for delivering the energy transition for jobs, growth and investment was attended by more than 500 key energy stakeholders of the Brussels political spectrum. Political leaders, policy makers, the investor community, energy market participants and other stakeholders, at the conference reviewed and debated the Clean Energy Package and focused on specific areas of investment in the energy transition:
The current and future role of EU financial support for the energy transition
Setting the scene: making the clean energy transition happen
Supporting the shift towards clean and efficient energy at the local level
Investing in energy projects – interconnectors
Investing in renewables to connect Europe
Cédric joined Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness of the European Commission, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank and Miguel Arias-Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy among others. At the end of the of first part of the event, the President of Housing Europe had the chance to meet MEP, Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg)- who also took part in the same panel discussion- and talk about the State of Housing in the EU, giving him a copy of Housing Europe Observatory report.