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Enhancing social justice in framing EU climate and energy policies

European Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen gave her annual state of the Union speech last week.

As one of the reactions, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), one of the most influential advocacy NGOs at the EU level, provided its thoughts on how to speed up the enforcement of the EU Green Deal (driving the EU’s climate and energy actions) in a socially just manner.

EEB’s reactions addressing social justice are the followings: 

  • A fundamental commitment to social justice: in facing fuel prices, inflation and the cost of living, and in the energy and ecological transition. Support for heat pumps, home insulation, and affordable public transport are key to avoiding fuel and transport poverty. These can be partly financed by taxes on windfall profits. There will be temptations to subsidize fuel prices to solve the problem. With limited energy supplies, subsidies risk being costly and in very many cases futile. Where subsidies are implemented, they must be temporary to avoid entrenching fossil fuel use. Supporting a well-funded and well-governed Social Climate Fund in the trilogues between the Commission, Council and Parliament will also be essential.  
  • Energy transition – commit to full independence from Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the move to a net zero economy with a 100% renewable future and deep energy efficiency in businesses and homes. Put in place measures to facilitate a shift to nature-positive renewables. Specific focus should be on community-based renewables that support citizens’ agency and empowerment and help regenerate the social fabric of society. Renewables can help ensure sustainable and affordable energy for Europe. 
  • The REPowerEU package is welcome, but we should resist the temptation to roll back needed environmental protections and public consultations. There are plenty of go-to areas to invest in nature-positive renewables without weakening our laws and citizen buy-in is essential. The commitment to hydrogen is welcome, but given conversion losses and leakage of the smallest molecule in the world, its use should be limited to industries in which direct electrification is currently not possible and some areas of transport. The temptation to update the gas grid to a hydrogen grid and replace fossil gas with hydrogen in our homes should be resisted – direct electrification, renewables and energy savings can reach our objectives more economically.”

In case these recommendations are being listened to, energy poverty through enhancing residential energy efficiency could be also mitigated. 

The Right to Energy Coalition unites a network of various groups such as anti-poverty groups, social housing providers, NGOs, environmental campaigners and more, in order to find an adequate solution to energy poverty, as nearly 50 million individuals in Europe suffer from it. It is necessary to highlight the issues of energy poverty and the multi-sectoral impact it has on people, especially groups that are already in a vulnerable state, so as to make affordable energy a possibility.

To this end we are happy to announce we have become partners and members of the Coalition, working together to end energy poverty once and for all!

Right to Energy: a short introduction

The Coalition aims for an energy system that puts people and planet before profit. It was formed in 2017 to advocate for energy poverty in the 2030 EU Clean Energy package. Since then, coalition members have successfully campaigned to ban disconnections, implement free of charge renovations for energy poor households and include the energy poor as key players in the EU Green Deal.

Additionally Right to Energy members have provided essential research on Who’s to Pay for a fair transition and how to secure the Right to Energy for all Europeans. Current work includes ongoing input into the EU Green Deal and energy efficiency legislation, advocacy in member states as well as local community campaigns to secure the right to energy for energy poor households during the pandemic.

An affordable vision

Energy poverty lies at the cross-section of different issues, as a world experiencing global warming that puts people and the planet itself at risk, increasing social inequality, and an unjust energy system, make it harder for regular citizens to live happier and healthier lives.

The Right to Energy Coalition's main motto is that access to clean, affordable energy is a human right. No one should have to choose between eating, lighting or warming his or her home.

The aim is to listen and make the voices of Europe's energy poor heard. A fair energy transition for all is just one side of creating a more affordable world.

What we bring to the table

Habitat for Humanity International's vision for affordable housing and elimination of poverty has for many years now included a focus on energy poverty and energy efficiency, especially in central-eastern Europe, where these issues are very prominent and a cause for concern.

Our expertise stemming from years of working on said issue within the region through the REELIH or ComAct projects for example, together with our NOs, of whom Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria is also a partner to the Coalition, means that we firmly believe that we could hep the Right to Energy Coalition achieve its objective, by providing examples of best practice, networking opportunities and most of all, collaboration to make access to affordable energy a human right.

 

The New European Bauhaus initiative (the NEB initiative) connects the European Green Deal to our daily lives and living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.

We are very excited to announce that we have become partners to the NEB initiative, and cannot wait to provide our know-how and ideas for the betterment of everyone's future in the question of energy poverty.

The New European Bauhaus is a new movement in the making!

But what is it exactly?

By creating connections, cutting across subjects and building on participation at all levels of society, the New European Bauhaus facilitates a movement to steer the transformation of our societies along three value systems:

The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. Additionally, by creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports change by also providing access to EU funding for a variety of sustainable, inclusive and most of all green projects, that can transform whole areas.

The partnership

Perhaps the most important part of keeping the NEB going are partnerships. The NEB's members act as sounding boards and key actors, whose actions within their respective communities address core values and dimensions of the NEB.

The partners usually have a large capacity for outreach, with the ability to:

The work of a partner

Nonetheless, being a partner is more than just a title, as it should be fully committed to making the NEB a reality.

Through the organization of trans-disciplinary conferences, workshops, by identifying or starting projects that enact NEB principles in real life, as well as by co-creating new sustainable living situations with communities and institutions, the New European Bauhaus can become a real experience.

Habitat for Humanity International will be committed to engaging in mutually beneficial exchanges and inputs of the initiative, sharing information, as well as managing our projects in line with NEBs values and ideas, including improving the sustainability of the residential building stock in the region, aesthetics by making buildings look nicer and more comfortable for the life of its inhabitants, taking into account the specific and complex social structures of the inhabitants living in these buildings.

With our projects, we represent Central and Eastern part of Europe, where not all countries are EU Member States, however, their historical context and building stock does not differ that much. We seek conversation between the EU and non-EU members to learn from each other and ensure the knowledge transfer to better identify the missing pieces in the process of renovating this building stock and making sure it is changed. For our work, connecting the NEB initiative to non-EU countries is essential and can be a key convening aspect for relevance of our work.

 

 

 

The conference organised by the European Commission took place between November 15-17, 2021, as a hybrid event with an in-person part in Brussels. Zita Kakalejcikova, Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency programs, spoke about the ComAct project and energy performance in residential buildings in the context of the New European Bauhaus initiative.

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an initiative targeting the incorporation of the core principles of the new European Green Deal into the construction sector while focusing on three main criteria: sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion. The NEB's High-level Roundtable consists of 18 experts in architecture, design, engineering, but also activists who believe Europeans should live in connection with the surroundings.

 

 

Fueled by the vision of response to climate change, the NEB initiative decided to reframe the original European Bauhaus from the 1920s so that the new one is based on the restoration of connection between humans and nature, the healthy relationship with our planet and focus on communities. As the NEB's slogan says, they aim to build a beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive society.

ComAct (Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation) is Habitat for Humanity's led project of all together 10 organization financed by the European Commission's Horizon2020 funding program targeting Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the regions of the former Soviet Union republics (CIS). As these regions have the most energy-poor people, ComAct is, in fact, extending the work on the issues that are already tackled by the REELIH project.

 

LIFE in the New European Bauhaus

The project manager of ComAct, Zita Kakalejcikova, spoke during an event organized by the EC called LIFE in the New European Bauhaus. Zita stressed the need to focus on energy poor households in multi apartment buildings in CEE and CIS region.  Her session tackled the energy performance in buildings emphasizing the need to decarbonize the building stock, which is essential to reduce emissions and meet 2030 and 2050 climate targets. As the event states, this session focused on how to scale up renovation rates while protecting cultural heritage, fighting energy poverty and harnessing the power of the community.

 

Speakers of the panel were:

You can watch the fruitful discussion recorded and shared on YouTube (session time: 1:32:44 – 3:04:42).


Find out more about the New European Bauhaus here and the event here.

More information about ComAct can be found on this link.


Motivated by the vision of the world where energy poverty has no place, the leading EU initiative “Energy Poverty Advisory Hub” (EPAH), seeks to become the center of experience and expertise in Europe. EPAH will support civil society organizations (CSOs) and local authorities by building a collaborative network of all stakeholders interested in combatting energy poverty in Europe.

How did EPAH come to be?

EPAH is the successor of the former Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV). Starting in 2016, the EPOV lasted for 40 months during which it produced numerous publications on successfully implemented measures, current state of EU and national policies and the first methodology guidebook of energy poverty indicators.

 

On its way of transforming to a new initiative EPAH, it has more than 200 inspirational cases during extensive research period in 2021.

All of these examples, including Habitat for Humanity's projects REELIH and ComAct, are now integrated in this online interactive database, the so called EPAH ATLAS.

 

In addition, the EPAH has launched the report “Tackling energy poverty through local actions – Inspiring cases from across Europe”, in which it showcases 24 successful projects from the EU that handle energy poverty in different ways and on different levels, but all with successful results.

This compilation shows the strength of an already existing network of energy poverty knowledge and experience, and it is a great honor for REELIH to be featured as one of the 24 cases displaying the best practices!

As the Report highlights, REELIH project tackles the effects of climate change and energy poverty. It improves the health and quality of life of low-income homeowners living in multi-apartment buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. It helps to establish and develop an investment market for retrofitting to secure the financial and political support. While doing so, it aims to place increased focus on improving existing buildings by working with the local communities.

EPAH Launch Event 2021

To commence the knowledge transfer and sharing of good practices among the key stakeholders, and to celebrate its very birth, the EPAH organized an online Launch Event 2021, that took place on November 22-23, 2021.  It hosted prominent speakers, who spoke on the present and future of energy poverty action in the EU. Speakers engaged in high-level presentations, interactive debates and workshops.

Representing one of the 24 cases showcased in the report on Tackling energy poverty through local actions, the REELIH team was invited to participate at the Launch Event as well. On behalf of Habitat for Humanity International, Zita Kakalejcikova, Manager of Residential Energy Programs (CEE/CIS) took part in the workshop. She presented about the REELIH project during the workshop on “Inspiring case studies on energy poverty mitigation”.

She was joined by fellows Cecilia Foronda from Ecodes presenting about the “Barrio Solar” project in Spain; Marlene Potthoff from Caritas presenting about the Stromspar-Check Aktiv project in Germany, and Marina Varvesi from AISFOR, presenting about the “ASSIST – Support Network for Household Energy Saving” project in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, UK and Poland.


If you want to find out more about these inspirational projects that usefully mitigate energy poverty in Europe, watch the recording of the event here.

For accessing all of the recordings from the EPAH Launch Event browse through this webpage.

 

On October 28, 2021, Housing sector organizations released a joint statement on decarbonization of the EU housing stock, calling the European Commission (EC) to implement 6 key sets of recommendations that can ensure healthier and safer environments for all citizens. Find out what the recommendations are and why their implementation is inevitable.

In their statement addressed to the EC asks to ensure that the transition towards a decarbonized housing stock will maintain its affordability, safety and accessibility. The timing of this initiative is driven by the foreseen EU policy developments with respect to climate policies, in particular the upcoming proposal for amending the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) planned for December 2021, and notwithstanding the Renovation Wave Strategy and Fit for 55 developments.

Ten signatories of the statement act under the umbrella of the European Housing Forum coalition. The coalition brings together major international or European organizations that represent the entire housing sector, including housing consumers, providers, and professionals. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has joined the signatories as well.

HFHI contributed with its review of the proposed statement and highlighted the need for specific approach to alleviate energy poverty in Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States region (CEE/CIS), and the case for renovation of multi-apartment buildings, community building and support of homeowner associations in this regard.

In the joint statement, the signatories emphasize the need for “affordability” being a guiding principle when it comes to Renovation Wave Strategy. In parallel, to mitigate the affordability risks, they point out that the EC must refine the financial components of the Strategy so that the funds are sufficient and targeted, and the allocation mechanisms transparent and safeguarded. Furthermore, for successful implementation of the Strategy, the legislative requirements of the proposed policies within the Strategy must be fit for purpose, meaning they must be flexible, progressive, and cost-effective. For a quality Renovation Wave, the Strategy must incorporate a holistic and integrated view of buildings and their renovation. That is an approach that “beyond energy efficiency seeks to improve well-being and comfort of occupants, technology-neutrality as well as the heritage and use values of buildings”.

Therefore, the coalition recommends the following:

    1. Prioritize measures that demonstrably lead to the greatest CO2 reductions for the lowest costs for building owners and residents;
    2. Refrain from one-size-fits-all solutions;
    3. Guarantee that any introduction of new mandatory requirements, including MEPS are led by a sectoral and progressive approach, cost-effectiveness guiding principle and flexibility and focus on the overall objective rather than specific and detailed measures;
    4. Activate dedicated funding
    5. Enable quality and targeted training and re/up-skilling of workers and professionals across the sector (construction workers, assessors for respective tools etc.)
    6. Ensure the establishment, address the current bottleneck and facilitate the efficient management and long-term sustainment of One-Stop-Shops (OSS) to provide assistance and support for renovation to the various segments of the housing sector and the various ownership structure.

 


Find out more about the recommendations by checking out the full version of the Statement here.

 

Since the environmental challenges are these days on top of the agenda of the European Union (EU), new strategies to incorporate green topics into various spheres, including the building sector, started to emerge more and more often. The EU's Renovation Wave Strategy, which is consolidated into the EU Green Deal, aims to support the improvement of buildings in order to make them more sustainable and energy-efficient.

To maximize the potential of the Renovation Wave Strategy for people who are likely to face energy poverty, a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Hungary (HFHH) and the Center for the Study of Democracy, Romania (CSD) arose

to raise their concerns toward the EU to consider the need for more region-specific recommendations how to tackle energy poverty.

As stated in the report, more than 50 million people in the EU are unable to secure an adequate level of energy for their living. The most affected regions are located in Central and Eastern (CEE) and Southeastern Europe (SEE). Both of these areas are marked by the era of socialism and a high level of marginalized communities.

While there is no official and general definition of energy poverty, we talk about it when:

Not only is the current state of many dwellings in the CEE/SEE region energy inefficient, but it is also one of the biggest air pollutants in most of the region. Usage of outdated heating systems and solid fuels, such as wood and coal, as the main heating products, caused Hungary to ascribe over 80% of PM2.5 emissions to these combustibles.

Therefore, HFHH and CSD call for EU policies and funding schemes to support the renovation of buildings while taking specific needs and circumstances of the CEE/SEE region into account. As a result, they came up with 13 detailed recommendations within three major topic areas:

      • stronger focus on energy poverty - an obligation of EU member states to target energy-poor households while making sure the funds are designated to address energy poverty of those living in the rural areas, urban areas and the marginalized and segregated communities
      • appropriate funding instruments - mainly through tailor-made financial solutions, implementation of a buy-back program, low-rate loans, financial behaviour consultations and education in energy efficiency, and support of upgrade of the most inefficient and polluting devices
      • the need for EU policies to address energy poverty - complement the EU legislation by suitable funds and measures which would target the housing issue, improvement of data collection, make sure that national governments go beyond their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP), and direct support of the implementation of renewable energy sources.

 


Read the whole report with 13 recommendations here.

The Renovation Wave Strategy, an EU driven project under the European Green Deal, has ambitions to double the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030, to foster deep renovations, and to create 160 000 jobs in the construction sector.

How this goal can be achieved?

Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), which evolved under the scope of the Renovation Wave Strategy, should contribute to the fulfilment of the goals that the EU sets for the renovation of its building stock in the upcoming years. The initiative is led by The European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) – Directorate for Industrial Policy and Innovation. The key objective of the AHI is to pilot renovation of 100 lighthouse social and affordable housing districts that shall:

The implementation of the AHI shall demonstrate the potential for replication beyond the 100 lighthouse districts. Successful implementation is expected to support creation of energy efficient and qualitative (social) housing districts and more jobs in the construction sector. It shall deliver further blueprints for local industrial cooperation between the construction SMEs, social housing companies, public authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the process. In the European Commission's Renovation Strategy Communication, the AHI is introduced in order to examine whether and how the EU budget resources alongside the EU emission Trading System revenues could be used to fund national energy efficiency and saving schemes targeting lower-income populations.

What comes next?

The AHI will be accompanied by creation of partnership between the EU and local level renovation projects in order to support them with necessary technical capacity and funding, and to activate the industry and research to push innovative solutions targeting especially social housing. The planned partnership should attract all relevant stakeholders from construction sector, social housing, cultural associations, public authorities, financial institutions and investors, inhabitants and owners themselves to cooperate to better define the needs on local level and the needed support from the EU.

Our Homes, Our Deal

Housing Europe has introduced a new initiative called Our Homes, Our Deal to benchmark the work done within the public, cooperative and social housing sector on building and renovating homes in an energy and resource efficient way. They identify six essential features for renovation by which they attempt to ensure that just energy transition and a social European Green Deal are brought to the reality.

In their efforts, Housing Europe responds to the proposed AHI by preparing sets of suggestions for the selection process of the districts where this initiative will be implemented. European-wide call for district renovation projects should be opened for at least 6 months to collect a variety of project proposals covering different localities, mirroring different challenges to be addressed. They encourage relevant groups of stakeholders with social, cooperative and public housing providers to take a lead here and act as a leading force. Then, the decision-making committee made of representatives of the European Commission and independent experts should be deciding on what projects to include in AHI.

In their efforts to influence these EU initiatives, Housing Europe proposes to create AHI Steering Group and invites representatives of the European Commission, European Investment Bank, social, cooperative and public housing, construction sector and cities, to act together as a sounding board for better policy making at EU level.

Initial concerns about the AHI

The main challenge connected to the realization of the AHI is connected with its funding. For now, there is no extra funding available to be used for the selected 100 lighthouse districts. The Member States are expected to work with the resources that are already available and come up with proposals that use the available and existing financing opportunities.

This critique goes even beyond the AHI and it has been many times raised that the European Green Deal, and especially its Renovation Wave Strategy prepared a policy direction to the Member States but only in advising for re-allocation of available funding for renovation. Even though there are good policy developments coming out on the level of the European Union, the implementation on national level remains the biggest obstacle.

Housing Europe further criticizes the funding streams outlined by the European Commission (Technical Support Instrument, Resilience and Recovery Facility, Modernization Fund, REACT-EU, ERDF and ESF) for not being sufficient to deliver the AHI. Housing Europe calculated that for realization of the AHI, approximately 6 billion EUR would be needed (based on assumption that it takes 60.000 EUR per housing unit). They emphasize that the EU should support 100% of the AHI costs and that the EIB should cover 50% with repayable loans.

Online meeting to discuss the AHI

Housing Solutions Platform organized an online meeting between the European Commission and NGOs, civil society organizations, and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) to discuss the development of the AHI.

Sorcha Edwards (Housing Europe) underlined in the introduction the importance of taking the local reality into account when shaping the Renovation Wave and connected initiatives. Oceane Peiffer-Smadja and Karel Vanderpoorten (DG GROW) presented the key objectives of the AHI and its aim to follow the district-level approach. They also talked about the funding possibilities for implementing the AHI, again explaining that rather than delivering further funding for renovation, they plan to facilitate the access to existing EU financial resources.

"DG GROW is looking to support social enterprises and cooperatives and to promote these forms of enterprises especially in Central and Eastern Europe where they are not very common."

Samir Kulenovic (Council of Europe Development Bank) together with an independent consultant Hans-Joachim Dubel talked about what makes the AHI truly social initiative and they underlined the need for EU strategy to provide housing for people with low income.

To add, Katarzyna Przybylska from Habitat for Humanity Poland outlined the situation in Poland where 14% of citizens live in substandard housing. Representatives from Habitat for Humanity International had been invited, too, to contribute to the discussion with our specific perspective on housing issues in CEE region and we very much appreciate for being included in the conversation.

Gyorgy Sumeghy and Besim Nebiu from Habitat for Humanity equally spoke about the housing context in Central and Eastern Europe and underlined how important it was to see the differences in the housing systems in the three macro-regions of Europe (Northern, Southern and Central-Eastern Europe). In Central and Eastern Europe, there are major issues with energy poverty for people living in multi-unit residential buildings. Furthermore, targeted subsidies for low-income households and social housing are lacking. The speakers expressed that EU policy should not principally focus on social housing, or at least not in Central and Eastern Europe, as the housing reality there is different. The mass privatization in the 1990s resulted in owner-occupation rates from 80 to over 90%. Hence, the homeowners' decision making on building maintenance and the improvement of common spaces is key.

We are eager to see the next steps of the development of the AHI and we hope to see positive steps that include the most vulnerable groups, such as low-income households, in this initiative.


Find more information in this article summarizing the City of Vienna's webinar about the AHI, including valuable views and opinions of several EU housing experts.

Find more information about the AHI in policy note by EuroCities here.

Find more information about Housing Europe's Our homes, our deal initiative here.

Find more about the Housing Solutions Platform meeting on AHI here

Općina Centar Sarajevo / Municipality Centar Sarajevo | LinkedInThe REELIH project of USAID and HFHI, has been implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2012. Thanks to the project, technical assistance for the development of the institutional environment and a sustainable financing model for energy efficiency measures in the housing sector with a focus on low-income households was provided in localities of Tuzla Canton, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia-Podrinje Canton, Tesanj and Doboj. We are very excited that from March until November 2021, the project will be implemented in yet the seventh location, Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton.

This municipality is one of Sarajevo's four and belongs to the most developed municipalities in Sarajevo Canton. The development of this municipality is citizen-focused, concentrating on their well-being and accelerating their potential. The aim of Municipality of Centar is to establish and maintain the environmental balance and commitment to modernization of its services and institutions. The implementation of REELIH project can definitely contribute to reaching this goal.

The agreement was mediated by the REELIH implementing company ENOVA in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ENOVA started the implementation of the project by presenting the REELIH project in the presence of Centar's Mayor Srđan Mandić, and other representatives of relevant municipal services.

One of the goals of the REELIH project implemented in the Municipality of Centar is to adopt a five-year action plan for measures to increase energy efficiency in the housing sector based on a development of suitable financing program. Results should contribute to a creation of long-term capacities for implementation of energy efficiency programs in the housing sector of this municipality.

Fingers crossed for a successful implementation of the REELIH project in this Bosnian municipality!

Repost from the original press release

ComAct - Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation is a new project that started in October 2020. Financed by Horizon2020, ComAct is set to lift people in Central and Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union republics out of energy poverty.

Na obrázku môže byť outdoorové oblečenie a text, v ktorom sa píše „ComAct Tailored Actions Community for Energy Poverty Mitigation“

Background of the ComAct project

Energy poverty represents a problem all over Europe and is particularly high in the East, South, South-Eastern and Baltic regions of Europe. In most of these countries,

the quality of housing is low, and the affordability of heating or cooling cost is high

despite the progress made in recent years through public investments in energy efficiency policies and measures and efforts to involve the stakeholders addressing the problem.

Implementing energy efficiency measures is more complicated in these countries than in Western Europe, particularly due to mass privatization of the housing sector combined with the deconstruction of the social safety net during the 1990s. Privately owned multi-family apartment blocks predominated and increased of energy costs became a burden to family budgets. In parallel, socialist era collective maintenance mechanisms were abandoned, whereby the decay of homeowners’ associations has not been adequately addressed.

Implementation of the ComAct project

The ComAct project is interested in solving problem of energy inefficient buildings in this region as the REELIH project does, however, its focus in more on overall issue of the energy poverty. To be piloted in Hungary, Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia, Lithuania and Ukraine, ComAct will provide a set of financial, technical and organizational instruments that can be replicated all over Europe to solve the "heat or eat" problem of low-income families and increase efficiency and multiple benefits coming from the renovation of multifamily buildings. The impact will already be visible in the three years timeframe of the project, with its aim to involve more than 3000 consumers and trigger almost 10 million euros of investments in sustainable energy. However, the biggest impact of ComAct lies in the lessons learned coming out of the pilots, to be replicated all over Europe.

Contribution delivered by ComAct will be key in providing EU countries a set of instruments to lift millions of its citizens out of energy poverty and to ensure that buildings provide a healthy and affordable living and working environment.

 

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This is a detailed working scheme of ComAct project

 

We are proud to say that the ComAct project originated from the working group of partner organizations that has been created under the REELIH project. Common interest in energy poverty in the CEE and CIS region of this group outgrew to the idea of making a case together and the willingness to contribute to the alleviation of energy poverty in a joint project. For more information about who stands behind this starting project, please, visit a brand new website of ComAct project.


Find more information about ComAct project here.

Read the full press release here.

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