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Climate-neutral housing – Decarbonizing the housing stock in an inclusive and affordable way

Dara Turnbull



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 14
Housing Europe
Greener Urban Futures
TE 30


The training will work in five parts, as set out below: 1. An expert in working to improve housing on a global scale will discuss the challenges faced by lower-income and developing countries to modernise their housing stock, as well as how best-practices from other territories can be successfully adapted to reach this goal (proposed: Habitat for Hummanity) 2. A policymaker will discuss their own experience of the need for affordable schemes to renovate homes, and reduce carbon emissions from the built environment (proposed: Representative from the Government of Slovenia) 3. An expert on the #Housing2030 tools will provide an overview of what has been achieved already in different countries 4. Attendees will be asked to reflect on the challenges and needs in their own national or regional context, and to share their insights


This training event will present the climate-neutral housing ‘tools’ highlighted by the recent UNECE-Housing Europe-UN-Habitat publication “#Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region”. The aim is that participants will learn how these tools work, and also be challenged to investigate which tools might be successful in their own national or regional context. A link will also be made with the new ‘European Affordable Housing Consortium: Sustainable Housing for Social Impact’ (SHAPE-EU) project. SHAPE will facilitate the regeneration of 100 lighthouse districts in the EU, providing high quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable homes to low- and moderate-income households. These lighthouse districts will then serve as inspiration to others to renovate their own urban environments, with a focus on environmental and social sustainability, innovation and affordability.