On 28 September from 14:00 to 15:30, the Policy Learning Platform is organising an interactive webinar on how to improve energy efficiency and performance in social housing.
Social housing (housing owned by local authorities or non-profit organisations and rented to individuals and families with low incomes) face a number of distinct challenges for improving energy performance and reducing energy poverty.
Social Green project is improving regional and national policies towards greening the social housing sector. Ryan weber from Nordregio, Lead Partner of Social Green Project, is participating as speaker to define the challenges for tackling energy poverty from social housing scope. As well as a lack of incentive to invest, other challenges include:
- A wide number of ownership structures across Europe which make replicable models difficult to identify;
- Bundled costs, where energy costs are bundled in the rental bill resulting in a lack of transparency and incentive for change;
- Many financial support schemes require investment from households, which those in social housing do not have;
- Behavioural, cultural and awareness issues, including lack of knowledge and lack of trust in public intervention;
- Hidden energy poverty, as it is difficult to identify all those at risk;
- Territorial dimensions, with a frequent reluctance to invest in shrinking towns.
Andreea Rogozea from Regional Development Agency South Muntenia, also a partner of Social Green,will explain the role of improved energy efficiency to combat energy poverty in a housing complex with vulnerable tenants.
Apart from Social Green, other interesting Interreg EU projects are going to participate in the webinar:
- Florian Guillotte from SCIC les 7 Vents on Positive Energy Families challenge (CLEAN project)
- Rosalia Smaldone from Province of Potenza on ATER, territorial agency for residential buildings, sustainable public housing (LOCARBO project)
The webinar will also allow some time for discussing the particular challenges related to COVID-19 and increased building occupancy as a result of quarantines and lockdowns.
If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register here.
For further information, please visit the Interreg EU website.