Renovation policies affect citizens directly, whether as tenants or as homeowners, and at the same time citizens increasingly take action on renovation themselves both individually as consumers or collectively through energy and housing cooperatives, homeowners’ associations, or neighborhood initiatives. More often than not this happens together with other local actors such as the municipality, community groups, and local businesses. For the Renovation Wave to succeed, it is crucial that renovation policies take into account these citizen-led experiences and actively empower and engage citizens to take action on renovation.
Achieving an acceleration of home renovations in Europe, and the targets laid out by the European Green Deal, will not succeed without adequately involving the 195 million households living in those homes. On the one hand, this means recognising that citizen empowerment is crucial in achieving the set targets, while on the other hand, it requires providing the necessary frameworks and support to ensure renovations are carried out in an inclusive and participatory manner. Moreover it is essential that renovations aim to achieve comfortable, liveable and affordable homes that are widely available, including for vulnerable people.
The purpose of the event is to achieve more awareness among EU-institution representatives, policy makers , public authorities, and other stakeholders in the energy sector on the potential of citizen participation in renovation and energy efficiency activities. The event will showcase that empowering citizens will be key to reach the renovation and energy efficiency targets set in the EU sustainable energy policy agenda and to ensure an inclusive Renovation Wave. We hope to do this through: 1) demonstrating how citizens are already engaging in (collective) action on building renovation 2) highlighting what can be done at the EU and Member State level to support this growing movement; 3) outlining how to ensure that no one is left behind in the building Renovation Wave.
The session will bring together a diverse group of actors representing, or working with, citizens on the topic of renovation in a variety of ways, such as social housing providers, municipalities, consumer organizations, and energy cooperatives and communities. It will bring an often overheard voice to the renovation policy debate: that of citizens.
Watch this space as soon we will share a detailed agenda.
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