The report written by Nordregio’s Senior Research Advisor Ryan Weber and Junior Research Fellow Johannes Lidmo aims to identify the state of the social housing in the regions where the Social Green project is being implemented and developed.
It presents a joint analysis of six regional self-assessments produced by Social Green partners. The self-assessment reports contribute to the development of social housing in the targeted areas and provide a good starting point for developing local Action Plans to green social housing.
According to the new results of the integrated self-assessment of Social Green, there is great potential for better coordination of policies and financing to improve energy efficiency and social housing in Europe. This especially includes ways in which European funds can be integrated with other funding sources in order to promote the adaptation of social housing.
Many regions of Europe have percentages of social housing or public housing that fall below 5%. To achieve the EU’s emission reduction targets, new policies and financial mechanisms are needed to combine EU funds with state funds and private loans to offer attractive incentives to all types of owners, including municipalities and private owners. While there are good examples of policy schemes, for example, the Kredex scheme in Estonia, they require proactive efforts to get started.
This implies especially the establishment of alliances with national credit institutions and the establishment of the information base to promote the beginning of the process. Here, national green building councils or regional energy agencies can be extremely valuable, both to develop financial schemes and to communicate opportunities to potential investors.
Nordregio is Lead partner of the project and holds an advisory role, providing scientific and technical support to the other partners involved. It collaborates closely with regional and local institutions in Croatia, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Estonia, focusing on the development of action plans regarding investment and policy towards energy efficiency and the social housing sector.
The integrated self-assessment report documents the results of the individual self-evaluations carried out by each municipal partner; which was the first step of their local action plans to improve the energy performance of their social housing.
These action plans are being developed during 2018, and implementation will take place between 2019-2021. Each partner will implement a range of solutions, including innovative modernization of existing buildings, and the development of new financial mechanisms to promote ecological adaptation among its citizens.