Join our Renovation Summit 2021


Public, cooperative & social housing providers

leading the just energy transition

10-11 May 2021

13:30-17:00 CET

Recovery Plan stock take
13:30-15:00 CET

An opportunity to discuss how the Recovery Plans are contributing to deliver on the Renovation Wave in the public, cooperative and social housing sector, what the impact on State Aid will be and how the absorption on local level could be helped. Being aware that in some countries important structural reforms would be needed in order to ensure long-term financing to deliver on the Renovation Wave.

The Renovation Wave brings a one in a lifetime opportunity to put people in the driver's seat of the energy transition to make energy-performing buildings widely accessible, healthy and liveable.

How are people driving the energy transition in cities, neighbourhoods and homes?

What is the right policy mix to put in place (mixing regulation, price signal, financial incentives, resident’s involvement ) in order to further support social, cooperative and public housing in achieving decarbonisation while at the same time reaching other segments of the housing stock in Europe?

Changing our view of resources from ‘linear’ to ‘circular’ will not be easy. One of the key issues that must be addressed is the issue of financing for these new and innovative projects. We will explore the issue of financing the low-carbon, sustainable, circular housing movement.

Why are we calling a Renovation Summit?


Most of the policy agenda at EU level is now dedicated to reaching the objectives of carbon neutrality in the EU by 2050.


This year will see important legislative proposals in the field of energy that will have a long-lasting impact on the way homes are built and renovated. It is crucial to get the policy mix right to support social, cooperative and public housing providers in achieving a fair energy transition and decarbonisation.


To do so, we need to start from what works on the ground, for example with people-centred measures. We also need to promote a low-carbon culture throughout the supply chain of renovation. Eventually, we need financial resources, from all levels (in particular the EU) and all kinds of institutions (in particular public ones) to achieve decarbonisation while preserving social fairness and affordability. 

Bringing together relevant stakeholders to discuss and promote this approach is the ultimate objective of the Summit.


10 May 2021

People driving the energy transition 
15:15-17:00 CET

11 May 2021

What are the right policies for decarbonising housing?
13:30-15:00 CET
Financing to increase
circularity in housing
15:30-17:00 CET


Monday, 10 May 2021
Recovery Plans stock take
13:30-15:00 CET
Introductory panel
moderated by Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe

Video message by Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for

Cohesion & Reforms 

Marie Linder, President of International Union of Tenants

Energy transition and social housing in national Recovery Plans​

Overview on relevant parts in the national Recovery Plans

with Edit Lakatos, Housing Europe


Feedback on national plans from social housing perspective

moderated by Julien Dijol, Policy Director at Housing Europe


€500 million contributing to the fair transition in the sector 

with Carine Puyol - European Affairs, USH, France 

Superbonus and other new initiatives

with Luca Talluri - President of Federcasa, Italy

Fighting energy poverty in Portugal

with Pedro Pinto de Jesus - President of Gebalis, Portugal

Different EU funding tools to help affordable housing construction and renovation moderated by Julien Dijol, Housing Europe

Overview on the legal implications of Recovery Plans on housing providers, especially on State Aid with Julien Guigue, Recovery and Resilience Task Force

How can the EU fiscal policy tools such as the Stability and Growth Pact help the delivery of the Recovery Plans? with Allen Monks, DG ECFIN


Technical assistance to help better absorption

with Luca Di Donatantonio, DG REFORM

with Barbara Steenbergen, IUT
and Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe


Monday, 10 May 2021
People driving the energy transition
15:15-16:45 CET
Introduction and moderation
by Barbara Steenbergen, International Union of Tenants
Tenants participating in home renovation 
Tenants from Nettelbeckplatz (Berlin)
2019 Responsible Housing Award Winner (housing provider: 1892)
by Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy
Participative energy transition roadmaps in cities
with Alejandro Gómez Gil from València Clima i Energia, Ayuntamiento de València.
Neighbourhood renovation for people
  • Empowering homeowners for neighbourhood renewal                    with Anu Sarnet, EKYL
  • Tackling energy poverty through neighbourhood renovation with tenants with Björn Mallants, VVH  
Home renovation by people
by Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
What are the right policies for decarbonising housing?
13:30-15:00 CET
Introduction and moderation
by Holger Wallbaum, Chalmers University of Technology. 
Why can social housing provide a template for 2050?
The social housing approach to decarbonisation: presentation of evidence and good practices for a fair approach to decarbonisation
with Robin van Leijen, AEDES and Julien Dijol, Housing Europe.
Renovation Wave or Regulation Wave?
Discussion on the forthcoming legislative changes at EU level
with Stefan Moser, DG Energy, European Commission
Is the lack of funding really an issue?
Discussion on the financial opportunities at EU level and the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities

with Natalia Rogaczewska, Danish Social Housing Federation (BL), and Ignacio De la Puerta Rueda, Basque Government. 

Where do we go from here?
Discussion about the policy objectives for 2030 and 2050
with Ciarán Cuffe, MEP and Robert Dijksterhuis, Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations.
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Financing to increase circularity in housing
15:30-16:45 CET
by Dara Turnbull, Housing Europe
Brief overview of the HOUSEFUL project
with Xavier Ponte Font, HOUSEFUL Project Coordinator – LEITAT
Moderation by Juliana Devis Cantillo, Global Fund for Cities Development
Case Study: Vätterhem YEAH - Swedish circular public housing
with Pär Löfstedt, Yellon
 Case Study: ‘Om Circle House’ - Danish circular social housing
with Aleksander Kongshaug, 3XN/GXN 
Europe’s ‘Green Bank’: the funding opportunities of the EIB
with Kevin McGillycuddy, Circular Economy Expert, EIB 
The opportunities of the EU Green Taxonomy
with Elma Durmisevic, Director of Dutch Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings / Reversible Building Design at 4D architects Amsterdam
by Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe