People-centred energy transition in neighbourhoods

Thursday June 16
At 16:00–17:30
Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing
Housing Europe & Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Ateljee, National Museum

Registration required

Target group:
Affordable housing providers, urban planners, architects, citizens, students,

Event description:

As the world debates actions to combat climate change, the success of reducing greenhouse gas emissions relies largely on the transition to a low carbon and energy-efficient built environment. Increasing population and economic growth also reveals a greater need for buildings. The challenge is how we boost access to affordable housing for everybody while at the same time reducing emissions. Affordability is especially relevant for vulnerable and low-income households, whose residents often live in social housing. 
It is essential that people are put in the driver's seat of the energy transition to make energy-performing and sustainable buildings widely available, in particular for medium and lower-income households confronted with high energy bills and energy inefficient homes. Renovation has to be used as a lever to address energy poverty and access to healthy housing for all households, including for persons with disabilities and for older people. The European Commission recommends that countries specifically address vulnerable households as a priority in their national long-term energy renovation strategies. However, involving vulnerable households in the energy renovation process can be challenging and more insights is needed on how to do this.  

The EU-funded project syn.ikia Sustainable Plus-Energy Neighbourhoods will bring some of its social housing demonstrators to share their first-hand experience in working towards decarbonisation while involving people and guaranteeing justice in the process. In the workshop we will work with social housing providers to assess how the different dimensions of environmental justice are applied - distribution; recognition; participation; capability; and responsibility.
Within the H2020 project DRIVE 0, a framework was developed by Broers et al 2022 “Justice in social housing: Towards a people-centred energy renovation process” as a basis to implement a more people-centred energy renovation process for social housing, based on the principles of environmental justice.


16:00–16:10 syn.ikia project: sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods
with Clara Mafé, Innovation & Project Officer at Housing Europe

16:10–16:20 Understanding energy justice in social housing
with Ruth Woods, Research Scientist at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

16:20–16:30 The 5 environmental justice drivers for a more people-centred energy renovation process
with Wendy Broers, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Zuyd University

16:30–16:40 Environmental justice in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona
with INCASOL, public housing company in Catalonia

16:45–17:30 Co-creation exercise: how can the principles of environmental justice be applied in your social housing neighbourhoods?
In groups, we will work together to analyse what kind of difficulties you come across concerning tenant participation in energy renovation projects, and how you dealt with these problems. By sharing experiences we would like to develop more insights for a more people-centred energy renovation process by using the different dimensions of environmental justice, applied in different social housing neighbourhoods around Europe.

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Organizer's contact details:
Housing Europe
Clara Mafé