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European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
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European Parliament Hearing: Energy Efficiency Measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

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The presentation of CECODHAS Housing Europe at the Regional Development (REGI) Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. …

The presentation of CECODHAS Housing Europe at the Regional Development (REGI) Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels.
"How to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020; Policy recommendations from several EU projects"

Presentation by the CECODHAS Housing Europe Policy Coordinator, Julien Dijol.
Brussels, 23 April 2013

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  • 1. HOUSING EUROPE 1 How to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures under the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 Policy recommendations from several EU projects
  • 2. HOUSING EUROPE 2 A GLOOMY REALITY  A reality that we all know: we are not on track on energy efficiency  “Progress towards clean energy has stalled since 1990” (IEA report published on 17 April 2013)  European Trading Scheme for GHG emissions is experiencing serious problems (tonne of C02 : ca. 3€)  much smaller revenue than expected from the auctioning of C02
  • 3. HOUSING EUROPE 3 WHAT SHOULD THE EU DO?  In the long-term  2030 framework for the climate and energy policies  In the short- to mid-term : Cohesion Policy  A great opportunity we must use : 336 mio € over 2014-2020 (the most transformative EU policy for social economic and environmental development) A policy that is implemented at the local level and helps communities to be the leaders of the transition to the low-carbon economy A potential that is far from being exploited (today the share of total cohesion policy for sustainable energy is 2.5%. The Commission proposes 5% for 2014-2020. NGOs plead for 10%)  Recommendations from SF energy invest (IEE), SHELTER (IEE), CASH (Urbact II)
  • 4. HOUSING EUROPE 4 FACTORS for POLICY and FINANCIAL COHERENCE  Partnership agreements should reflect the synergies with Energy Efficiency Directive (articles 4, 7, 20)  Member States shall establish a long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential and commercial buildings […]  […]Member States shall facilitate the establishment of financing facilities, or use of existing ones, for energy efficiency improvement measures […]  For instance: Energy efficiency funds at the appropriate level should be set up partly following obligations put on Energy providers, partly fed by ERDF  Requires discussion fora between managing authorities of the Funds and administration in charge of energy  possibility to work within a concerted action
  • 5. HOUSING EUROPE 5  Importance of thematic concentration (ERDF)  Will incentivize managing authorities to set up the above mentioned Funds with sufficient up front resources  Combined with new local development instruments (CLLD and ITI) thematic concentration will give the necessary means for local/urbal low carbon development  This will incentivize public authorities to look at the co- benefits of low-carbon investments For instance: in Northern Ireland Estimated cost of reducing Category 1 hazards to acceptable level: £470m (nearly E600m) Estimated annual savings to Health Service of £33m (E40m) per annum
  • 6. HOUSING EUROPE 6  New evidence on the macro economic effect compared to other use of public spending (see Cambridge Econometrics, October 2012)  In UK investing in energy efficiency measures in fuel poor households has a similar or more positive macro-economic impact than an equivalent stimulus package either through increases in government current spending (e.g. NHS, education) or government capital spending (e.g. roads, building hospitals), or reductions in VAT.  investment in energy efficiency has the added and persisting benefit of also reducing natural gas imports. If households spend less on energy imports, they are able to spend more on other products and services, which are in part supplied domestically.  Energy security is also improved.
  • 7. HOUSING EUROPE 7 FACTORS FOR SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION  Design good Operational Programme with relevant priority axes  Mainstreaming of energy efficiency ambitions is NOT necessarily relevant  Better to have a priority axis or OP or ITI only dedicated to low carbon investments to reach critical mass of projects and investment volume  HOWEVER low carbon investments (particularly in housing sector) can only be successful with social and human capital measures (training measures for instance and other ESF type activities)
  • 8. HOUSING EUROPE 8  Create local clusters on sustainable social housing clustering approach, favouring the development of special linkages and synergies between local stakeholders involved in a specific field - as research, industry, municipality, social and private landlords  Use of Framework contracts in the public procurement directive – e.g.: SHELTER project  Could be easily transformed into local support group for CLLD  Facilitate shared diagnosis about the energy needs and help strategic energy planning
  • 9. HOUSING EUROPE 9 Julien Dijol, Policy Coordinator julien.dijol@housingeurope.eu SF Energy Invest: http://sf-energyinvest.eu/ SHELTER http://www.shelterproject-iee.eu/ CASH: http://urbact.eu/fr/projects/low-carbon-urban- environments/cash/homepage/
  • 10. HOUSING EUROPE 9 Julien Dijol, Policy Coordinator julien.dijol@housingeurope.eu SF Energy Invest: http://sf-energyinvest.eu/ SHELTER http://www.shelterproject-iee.eu/ CASH: http://urbact.eu/fr/projects/low-carbon-urban- environments/cash/homepage/

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