Collectively, buildings in the European Union are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, improving energy efficiency in buildings, especially for low-income households, has a key role to play in achieving the ambitious goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050, set out in the European Green Deal while contributing to reducing social inequalities in terms of basic living conditions.
This conference was organised during the European Week of Regions and Cities. This was a very timely and pertinent debate since the European Commission has just launched its Renovation Wave initiative, which includes a recommendation on energy poverty, to guide Members States to reduce the increasing energy poverty rates throughout Europe. More than 40 million Europeans are at risk of energy poverty, and even more today due to the Covid-19 crisis we are facing.
Schemes such as EnergieCentrale in Ghent, Amelio+ in Lille Metropole or the Brussels green loan are needed more than ever to support low-income households. Lille Metropole, Brussels Region, City of Ghent and Vienna City all shared their actions in upgrading the energy efficiency of existing buildings, and discussed the best ways to lessen energy poverty for low-income homes.
See the recording of the debate soon on the EU Regions Week website
You can download the presentations here