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EU Funding Opportunities for the Refurbishment of Social Housing 2014-2020


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A presentation held by the CECODHAS Housing Europe Policy Coordinator, Julien Dijol at the conference on the topic of "The Challenges of urban rehabilitation in the 21st Century".
20 June 2013, Bilbao, Spain

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EU Funding Opportunities for the Refurbishment of Social Housing 2014-2020

  1. 1. HOUSING EUROPE 1 EU funding opportunities for refurbishment of social housing 2014-2020 RETOS DE LA REHABILITACIÓN URBANA EN EL SIGLO XXI 20th June 2013
  2. 2. HOUSING EUROPE 2 Contents • European Structural Funds 2014-2020 - Investment priorities for Spain - example of use of the Funds (past and future) • Support from the European Financial Institutions (EIB, CEB) • The challenge of aggregating all funding streams - illustrations of the potential of technical assistance
  3. 3. HOUSING EUROPE 3 EU Structural Funds 2014-2020: Position of the Commission Services on the development of Partnership Agreement and programmes in SPAIN for the period 2014-2020 Main priorities for funding in Spain should be: 1. Increasing labour market participation and labour productivity, as well as improving education, training and social inclusion policies, with specific attention to youth and vulnerable groups 2. Supporting the adaptation of the productive system to higher added-value activities by enhancing the competiveness of SMEs 3. Promoting an innovation-friendly business environment and strengthening the R&D and innovation system 4. Making a more efficient use of natural resources
  4. 4. HOUSING EUROPE 4  “Making a more efficient use of natural resources”  Energy efficiency - The implementation of energy efficiency measures in public buildings, in SMEs and in dwellings (including in agriculture and the agro-food sector) should be a priority. - This can apply mainly to the existing buildings − but also to new constructions – through the corresponding renovation plans. - Innovative financing schemes – such as Energy Performance Contracting −, mostly in public buildings and enterprises, should be actively promoted. - To be effective, the EU funding intensity should reflect the economic conditions of target groups and expected energy savings (ambition of the investment in terms of energy saved/renewable energy generated). - Furthermore, attention should be given to the efficiency of district heating/cooling networks and industrial waste heat recovery.
  5. 5. HOUSING EUROPE 5  Renewable energies  Renewables use should also be promoted in public buildings, SMEs and dwellings, particularly by allowing auto- consumption.  The development and deployment of smart grids should be fostered, with the corresponding provision of training in order to meet the skill development needs in this area.
  6. 6. HOUSING EUROPE 6 How can Spain and its regions meet these priorities?  Thematic concentration : at least 20% of the total ERDF resources at national level should be allocated to one or more low carbon priorities (draft ERDF regulation article 4): - Renewable energies - Energy efficiency in entreprises - Energy efficiency in housing - Smart distribution grids - Sustainable urban mobility  If Spain had the same amount of ERDF for 2014-2020 as for 2007-2013 (24bio€), this would mean : 4,8 bio€ for low carbon investments  Althouth Spain will get less money from the EU cohesion policy (fewer poor regions as compared to EU average), several bio€ will be available for low carbon investments
  7. 7. HOUSING EUROPE 7  Different approaches to use EU funds: - Classical grant-based approach: Ex: The Energy Regeneration of Social Housing project in Corso Taranto (Turin) is framed within the priority axe II ‘Sustainability and Energy Efficiency’ of the Piedmont Region ERDF OP 2007-13 The project concerns ca. 650 dwellings with the following interventions: - Connection of the heating system of the flats to the centralised heating system. - Replacement of the windows in order to improve thermal and sound insulation. - Roof insulations against heat rises. - Renovation of the fronts of the buildings. The total amount of funding allocated to this project is €7,576,288.50 of which €5,156,085.23 is ERDF and €2,420,203.27 is ATC.
  8. 8. HOUSING EUROPE 8 - Set up a regional fund made of ERDF contributions, regional public support (regional or national public banks), private investors… propose loans or guarantees for social housing organisations to make investments in Energy efficiency and Renewable Energy; support of the development of Energy performance contracting; grants should also be available in particular for energy auditing, project preparation… (for instance London Green Fund) - Set up a wider integrated strategy for territorial development using the new instrument « Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) A voluntary tool for Member States - Must be based on an integrated territorial strategy - Can cover any sub-national territory as well as multiple categories of regions - Draws on funding from at least two priority axes - Mono –fund or multi-fund [complementary participation of EAFRD and EMFF] - Can include any form of support
  10. 10. HOUSING EUROPE 10 Bilateral agreements with European Financial Institutions  The European Investment Bank Ex: Urban regeneration schemes under the Flanders social housing programme in various locations in the region (Belgium). Investment programme 2013-2015. The project will comprise small to medium-sized retrofitting and newly built social housing investments in the years 2013- 2015 undertaken by social housing providers throughout the region. It is expected that the investments to be funded will concern in particular energy-efficiency measures. EIB finance : EUR 200 million The social housing to be financed under the project will have to comply with high environmental standards and will significantly contribute to improving the urban environment.
  11. 11. HOUSING EUROPE 11  The Council of Europe Development Bank ( The CEB can grant loans (but not subsidies) to its 40 Member States (Including Spain) to finance social projects Potential borrowers : Governments, local or regional authorities as well as public or private financial institutions Although the borrowers are generally the beneficiaries of the financings, they can also act as project promoters on behalf of one or several final beneficiaries E.g.: Green Social Home Ownership in Wallonia (Belgium) 130mio€ loan to Fonds Wallon du Logement that provides loans for acquisition of homes and eco renovation for low- income families
  12. 12. HOUSING EUROPE 12 Aggregating the different funding streams  The importance of technical and project development assistance Ex: ELENA facility by the European Invesment Bank and the European Commission : providing non-repayable grant to help local authorities prepare a project of renovation or new construction with high environment performance. Most recent example : in May 2013 the Brussels regional social housing organisation (public body) got a 1.3 mio€ grant to prepare a 120mio€ renovation, new construction programme (nZEB), and co-generation [« VAMOS » (« Vert. une Aide à la Maîtrise de l’Ouvrage Social »)]  the importance of aggregating the needs of small housing organisations to get access to finance; role of intermediary bodies ex: the Housing Finance Corporation in UK
  13. 13. HOUSING EUROPE 13 Julien Dijol, Policy Coordinator SF Energy Invest: SHELTER CASH: environments/cash/homepage/