While signals are positive, the current regulation draft being debated in the European Parliament avoids mentioning housing or housing retrofit as a priority for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), leaving excessive flexibility as to what the fund can actually support with the risk that large scale infrastructural projects will be the primary target.
Housing Europe, representing Public Cooperative & Social Housing provides, is lobbying to change this; the key findings of the POWER HOUSE nearly-Zero Energy Challenge! project, particularly those of the Financing nZEB TaskForce, will be used to feed the debate with EIB, EC and EP representatives and Housing Europe’s members participating in the Workshop "European Fund for Strategic Investments and Energy Union: opportunities and challenges for the Public, Cooperative and Social Housing sector".
The following presentations for the workshop can be downloaded on the Power House Europe website here.
Setting the scene:
Energy & Housing in the EU - background information from Housing Europe
Ms Sorcha Edwards - Housing Europe
Renovation Strategies - Lessons from the ground for the EPBD and EED implementation:
Cost optimal refurbishment: a reality check from the Austrian experience
Ms Eva Bauer - Gbv - The Austrian Federation of Limited profit Housing Associations
Results SHAERE Monitoring 2014
Mr Sébastien Garnier - AEDES - The Dutch Association of Housing Corporations
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) & the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group (EEFIG):
EIB Funding Social Housing & the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
Mr Werner Schmidt - EIB - The European Investment Bank
Drivers for Energy Efficiency Investments in Buildings taken from EEFIG Final Report
Ms Bettina Dorendorf - European Commission - DG ENER
EEFIG Report “Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments”
Update: The workshop report is available on the Power House Europe website here.
See the relevant BUILD UP publication here.