The EE Directive Negotiations
“The European Parliaments draft report has added a clear message on the need for financing and also stressed the need for building renovation strategies to be based on a long term vision which is the right direction, however experience* shows that the balance between binding measures such as the 2.5 % renovation rate and the financial and regulatory enabling measures needs refinement", says Vit Vanicek, CECODHAS Housing Europe President.
“What do successful schemes have in common? - They are based on incentives and regulations, on consensus and fairness with a particular focus on the inhabitants, tenants, and those at risk of fuel poverty. Schemes which penalize the most vulnerable will simply not take off. A vital ingredient for success is a mix of national and EU long-term financial support.” confirms Sven Bergenstrahle, IUT President.
*Success: Dutch social housing associations, in the past six months, have made more than 110,000 dwellings more energy efficient. Housing corporations installed new high efficiency boilers and improved insulation properties. These savings on gas are equivalent to the total consumption of city with 48.000 inhabitants. (Aedes Press Release - September 9, 2011)
The Basis? A consensual agreement between tenants union, social housing union and the housing ministry which ensures that tenants living costs (rent plus heating) will not rise after refurbishment.
*Success: The French social housing movement has renovated more than 100,000 social housing in 2 years, helping to maintain 33,000 jobs. This mobilization has resulted in a 50% per cent drop in energy consumption compared to average housing in France. In environmental terms, the actions undertaken will off-set the annual emissions of Greenhouse Gases in a town of 34,000 inhabitants. (USH press release – January 2012).
The Basis? The Grenelle de l’environnement: A consensually agreed framework including financial incentives which combine EU and national funding streams such as eco loans (2% interest loans) regional and national subsidies, white certificates and extensive use of European Regional Development Funding.
“This Directive has the potential to trigger sustainable growth and job creation EU wide. The IUT and CECODHAS Housing Europe recognize the urgent need for a compromise to be reached within the Danish EU presidency and call for negotiating partners to focus on approaches that are already delivering around the EU and to use this Directive to trigger the same momentum in all Member States.” Vit Vanicek, CECODHAS Housing Europe President, Sven Bergenstrahle, IUT President.