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klimaatpiraat Nov 29, 2018 11:16 PM
Dit bericht is rechtstreeks gericht aan de heer Hans Bruyninckx, directeur EMA.
Geachte heer, ik hoorde vandaag uw interview op de radio omtrent klimaatopwarming. Zeer interessant en ongetwijfeld zeer gefundeerd. Ik heb echter één opmerking. U stelde dat alle laaghangend fruit geplukt is. Ik ben het daar niet mee eens. Ik woon in een huurwoning van 40 jaar oud, die niet geïsoleerd is en met een 40 jaar oude stookolieketel. Deze verbruikt dus zeer veel en blaast ongetwijfeld gigantisch veel gassen ,rook ,roet naar buiten, en dit zonder roetfilter of katalysator zoals op alle auto's. Dit zal niet snel verbeteren vermits mijn huisbaas niet gemotiveerd is om te investeren in isolatie of een nieuwe brander. Als huurder krijg ik geen subsidie voor isolatie! De overheid zou verhuurders moeten verplichten om oude stookolieketels te vernieuwen en isolatie van huurwoningen verplichten en terugbetalen of minstens ondersteunen. Dit is met zekerheid laaghangend fruit dat nog niet geplukt is! Of is het misschien te rot? (lees: tegenstrijdige belangen of lobbywerk?) Graag reactie. Met vriendelijke groeten.
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EEA Dec 05, 2018 11:57 AM
Dear klimaatpiraat,

Thank you for your interest in the European Environment Agency (EEA) and your question about the potential for emission reductions in the area of heating and insulation of housing.

You are right in observing that the renovation of buildings in many cases is a cost-effective climate mitigation option. At the same time, such renovations support national and EU efforts to improve energy efficiency.

To date, roughly one third of the EU population live as tenants. For these housing situations it is recognised by the agency and environmental research in general, that split incentives poses a significant challenge to improving the thermal efficiency of buildings, as landlords may have little incentive to invest in housing stock improvements if the return on these investments is limited.

Part of this can be addressed by working closer with financing institutions in order to develop more attractive financing products, factoring in the benefits of energy efficiency investments into financial products. Such benefits could result in, e.g., higher asset value, better liquidity position of borrowers, and lower credit default rates of renovation loans compared to standard loans.

Whether emission reductions by way of improving heating and insulation can be considered low-hanging fruit, depends on your view of the legislative work required to facilitate the change. The EU has taken steps which Member States will now need to follow up. The agreed recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EU 2018/844) calls on Member States to provide clear guidelines and to outline measureable, targeted actions and promote equal access to financing, including for households subject to split-incentive dilemmas, while taking into account the affordability of such actions.

Best regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
 
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