The European Commission has recently launched ‘fit for 55’: 13 legislative proposals to accomplish our European decarbonization goals. In 2015 we set our goals. This package of proposals aims to set more ambitious goals and moreover find ways to achieve these goals. The overall goal is to reduce carbon emission by 55% in 2030 relative to 1990 and eventually to achieve climate neutrality in the EU in 2050. These proposals have to be translated into practical policies on the national level and will be accompanied with subsidies and a social fund for more vulnerable citizens to enable member states to achieve the goals.
An important share of the legislative changes is related to the built environment and in particular to housing. Housing providers and their tenants need to reduce their carbon emission footprints relatively fast and on top of that work in a more circular way. They need to take measures, work differently, as they will not make it if they keep on working the same way as before. All this, in an affordable way!
While the goal is the same, the necessary transition and accompanied measures will vary from country to country. In one country a housing provider, the tenants and the local government need to focus on renewable energy sources for heating and electricity, while in another the priority is to lower the impact of material use in construction. In all cases, current and future tenants have to be involved, as the process and necessary interventions to make their homes more sustainable are often very intrusive and at the same time impact their general well-being and monthly energy bills.
The success of the necessarily transitions is closely related to the financial situation and system role of housing providers in different countries. Private and collaborative housing groups will probably pursue the transition to zero carbon in a different manner when compared to public housing providers.
We would like to explore the transitions that housing providers across Europe need to make and learn from each other’s experiences. What are the main challenges in each country? With whom do they need to collaborate and how do responsibilities differ? How are tenants involved? And importantly, what can we learn from each other, to speed up the transition to really get ‘fit for 55’? Moreover, we would like to embed our dialogue about challenges and best practices into a more scientific framework on how to speed up the energy transition in an affordable manner.
At the ISHF 2022 in June, we would like to meet up with other housing providers, tenants and scientist from across the EU. In an interactive workshop we will work together to explore challenges and help each other to find solutions. Join our dialogue!
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AFWC: Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations