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People and housing at the crossroads of energy poverty and failing supply chains

14th December 2022 | 15:00-17:00 CET | Online

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In the midst of an energy crisis and with a Siberian front approaching, it is of crucial importance to shield the most vulnerable tenants and residents to protect people from social exclusion and health risks. It is also vital to continue with renovation to reduce energy needs.

In this webinar, public, cooperative, and social housing providers and policymakers will share their reactions to national strategies to shield the population from the massive rise in prices and share their actions on the ground and at the European, national, and local policy level.

Since the autumn of 2021, EU member states have spent hundreds of billions on subsidising energy bills.

In parallel, social, public, cooperative housing providers are showing the way by focusing their attention on the most vulnerable. In the Netherlands for example ‘energy coaches’ are deployed in flats with strikingly high energy consumption while French social housing providers have struck a partnership with the national energy grid, RTE to provide an alert mechanism for tenants and help them reduce energy consumption peaks. However, a more structural solution is needed to accomplish a just transition. During this online session on the 14th of December, experts and members of Housing Europe and European lawmakers will discuss how to accelerate the Renovation Wave and target means on the most vulnerable European residents.

Join us!


Draft programme 

15:00 – 15:05

Bent Madsen
President of Housing Europe

New agreement between the European Commission and energy suppliers to tackle the crisis​

John Taylor
Senior policy officer at the Consumer Policy Unit, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Current inflationary climate and latest figures

Dara Turnbull
Research Coordinator at Housing Europe

Julien Dijol
Policy Director at Housing Europe

Measures from national governments

Johanne Philippe
Researcher at L'Union Sociale pour l'Habitat (USH)

How social housing providers currently shield tenants

Tijn Croon
Doctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology

Cost-of-living emergency roundtable with Housing Europe members

Among others

Gerald Koessl
Researcher at the Austrian Federation of Limited-Profit Housing Associations (GBV) 

Maria Montes
Vice-President of the Spanish Social Housing Association (AVS)

Anu Sarnet
Head of International Relations and Projects, Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations

João Carvalhosa
Head of Strategic Planning Office, Gebalis, Portugal

Eoin Carroll
Policy and Communications Manager at Co-operative Housing Ireland

Carlos Prata 
Contract and Project Manager at MatosinhosHabit, Portugal

Chiara Massarotto
Policy Officer at the International Union of Tenants (IUT)

Short-term needs and long-term planning: keeping the momentum in the fair energy transition

João Gonçalves
Innovation and Project Manager at Housing Europe

Reactions to the round table & an update on European funds and policies in times of crises

Martin Willemart 
Policy Officer at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

What potential additional actions from EU level would help the sector?

Sorcha Edwards
Secretary General of Housing Europe