A social Green Deal for Europe


For a successful energy transition social acceptance and inclusion of citizens are essential.

Public, cooperative and social housing providers deliver homes.

A home implies:

  • Sense of community and neighbourhood.

  • Place ownership and pride.

  • Security, wellbeing and satisfaction.

It is the neighbourhoods where people derive their identity from. This is where our housing providers interact with their residents, social services, the local economy and local authorities. 


The neighbourhood scale is what makes a house a home.


We need to renovate district by district not house by house.

Wim Hazeu,

AEDES, the Dutch Association of Housing Corporations.


Public, Cooperative and Social Housing are leading the Just Energy Transition


Social housing promotes the decarbonisation of the energy system and the built environment by investing in renewable energy - through self-consumption mechanisms and the setting up of energy cooperatives.


Social housing already drives
renovation efforts.
 Between 2001 and 2017 housing providers have replaced three quarters of oil-based heating systems with district heating or other more sustainable energy sources.


Social housing takes a neighbourhood approach 

to problem solving, in particular by focusing on district level Co2 emissions and the promotion of net zero emission neighborhoods.