EUROPEAN UNION APPROVES SCALED-BACK VERSION OF GREEN HOME PLAN

11/09/2015

The European Union approved a plan to give sub-standard homes a green makeover, but only after a large downgrade of the initial plan. The Energiesprong project planned to give 10-day green makeovers for more than 100,000 public housing units by installing wraparound insulating facades, solar panels, and Ikea kitchens. But the EU approved only 10% of the scope of the original project. The new plan will provide 5,000 remodels in the United Kingdom and 5,000 in France. Energiesprong is now asking the United Kingdom government to help with financing the project. Energy efficiency projects are popular among Britons, but have suffered politically since the failure of the Green Deal program in July 2015. The Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit explained that the current low insulation rates make infrastructure energy efficiency development a rational area for investment. Buildings contribute approximately 36% of Europe’s total carbon emissions. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/05/green-homes-plan-finally-gets-funding-for-just-10-of-proposed-houses