People driving the energy transition
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About the Event
The objective to at least double the annual energy renovation rate of buildings in Europe by 2030 is a complex and ambitious challenge that requires an integrated approach. The current pandemic has really put stress on the impact the way our homes, neighbourhoods and cities are designed has on the well-being of people. The Renovation Wave brings a one in a lifetime opportunity to make our buildings less energy consuming, more liveable, and healthier for everybody.
It is essential that people are put in the driver's seat of this process to make energy-performing and sustainable buildings widely available, in particular for medium and lower-income households and vulnerable people and areas. Renovation has to be used as a lever to address energy poverty and access to healthy housing for all households, including for persons with disabilities and for older people.
Energy communities play a crucial role to hold the promises of an economy and society based on cooperation, and empower local people by overcoming the rural and urban divide, and close the gap between north and south, between rich and poor. This can be operated by energy poor citizens and in close collaboration with local stakeholders and experts to become active in the energy market.
By that, many European cities have already engaged people in the long-term planning for the 2050 goal to become carbon-neutral. Neighbourhoods are applying ground-breaking approaches to engage people in the renovation of their homes. Public, cooperative and social housing providers are working hand by hand with people to create sustainable communities with a high level of quality of life and an affordable cost of living.
In this session we will dismantle how people are driving the energy transition in cities, neighbourhoods and homes.