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Achieving Energy Independence: the contribution of social, cooperative and public housing to the EU joint action plan RepowerEU

17 May 2022 | 10:00-12:15 CET

Online, 17 May 2022Save the date

On May, 18th, the European Commission will present the details of the RepowerEU action plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan will also outline a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and replenish gas stocks for next winter. Questions now arise about the impact of the solutions proposed in the RepowerEU action plan on the social, cooperative, and public housing sector that interlinks with the already existing initiatives under the European Green Deal and the potential contribution of housing providers to the success of the Action Plan.

What are the quick fixes being proposed at EU level, are they the solutions and how can we cover the up-front costs?

To debate those questions, Housing Europe has invited representatives of key industries for the decarbonization of the building sector.

Moderation: Julien Dijol, Policy Director, Housing Europe

10:00 - Opening:  Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe

10:10 - First panel: what can industry offer to social, cooperative and public housing providers to speed up decarbonization?

  • Naomi Chevillard, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Solar Power Europe
  • Thomas Nowak, Secretary-General, European Heat Pumps Association
  • Robin van Leijen, AEDES, NL

11:00Second panel : what are the experience of the social, cooperative and public housing providers in working with the proposed solutions: heat pumps, solar panels but also gas-free district heating?

  • Representative of French Social Housing Federation
  • Sven van Elst, Director of Operations, ASTER
  • Representative of German Social Housing Federation

11:50 – Conclusions & Next Steps: Karlis Goldstein, Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson & Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe