HSP #50Solutions Webinar 3: For a Green Recovery that Leaves No-one Behind
On 12 November, HSP hosted a webinar with representatives from three of its #50Solutions projects:
- Gyorgy Sumeghy – Habitat for Humanity (Eastern Europe and Western Balkans)
- France Michel – Fondation Abbé Pierre (France)
- Bjorn Mallants – Housing Europe (Belgium)
In the context of the Renovation Wave, we have discussed projects which focus on building renovations renewable energy upgrades for affordable housing. Indeed, we believe housing solutions must also be understood from the perspective of their positive climate change mitigation impact. Together we want to make the case for the Renovation Wave to be targeted toward projects that will bring direct impact both in terms of environmental and social value, particularly for the most vulnerable and excluded.
We discussed how the projects were set up, the obstacles to implementing them and ways to mobilise decision makers.
In conclusion, some key common thread were identified. First, financial sustainability.
These projects propose solutions to support low income households in participating in this wave of renovation, and also demonstrate how to involve the private market in this dynamic.
More importantly, these projects emphasise the essential need for a local, customized approach illustrated by the imperative to provide technical assistance.
The vital role of public investment has also been stressed. Indeed, each local context being different, it is necessary to think about a technical assistance adapted to each territory, hence a consequent financial investment.
Low income households will only be able to benefit from this transition if the public authorities are committed to providing real financial support. Local and National public authorities must be supported by the European Union in this endeavour, though earmarked European funds for the renovation of buildings of lowest income groups.
You can find the presentations here: