Sustainable Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

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Housing: an essential piece of the ‘Next Generation EU’ puzzle

The Coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on Europe’s housing crisis, exposing the shortcomings of our housing policies that have increased inequalities and destabilized our societies. Now that the “Stay at home” guidelines pushed us more than...

Green recovery for Denmark: a new renovation scheme for the social housing sector

On the 1st of May, Denmark's Social Democratic Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, made a crucial announcement that relieved many public housing companies in Denmark: a proposal to activate 30 billion DKK from the Landsbyggefonden (the National...

UK: Green Deal Finance Company funding comes to an end

On 23 July 2015, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced that there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), in a move to protect taxpayers. Amber Rudd also announced that the Government...

"Energy Efficiency in residential buildings in France" project, pre-financed by EIB, gets EFSI backing

On 22 July 2015, the College of Commissioners put the final building blocks in place to kick-start investment in the real economy. The package of measures agreed ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and...

IEE project LEAF presents technical toolkit for energy saving measures at apartment blocks in multi-ownership

Energy efficient renovations of apartment blocks in multi-ownership are difficult to realise, mostly because of difficult decision taking and other legal and financial boundaries. The LEAF Technical Toolkit enables organisations to...

Transforming Europe's energy system - EC proposes new deal for energy consumers, redesign of electricity market and revision of energy labelling for more clarity

On 15 July 2015, the European Commission presented a package of proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU...

Energy poverty may affect nearly 11% of the EU population

According to the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC) conducted in 2012, about 54 million European citizens (10.8% of the EU population) were unable to adequately heat their homes. A particularly pervasive problem is...

Public consultation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive launched by DG ENER

As part of the evaluation and review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, as required under Art. 19 of the Directive, the European Commission has launched a public consultation which will run until 31 October. The objective of...

EU Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announces more stringent energy efficiency and performance laws and further enforcement on existing regulation in 2016

On 18 June 2015, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told EurActiv that stricter energy efficiency and performance laws and further enforcements on existing regulation will come in 2016. These new rules - expected to be laid down in...

Nordic Investment Bank and Hypo finance energy efficiency improvements of Finnish homes

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB), together with Finland’s mortgage lending institution Suomen Hypoteekkiyhdistys (Hypo), is launching a EUR 10 million loan programme to finance improvements to the environmental efficiency of residential...