News Digest Item
07 Dec 2017

EU quota to increase efficiency in public housing would hit Germany’s poor – opinion

Die Welt

An EU parliament committee has voted in favour of a mandatory public housing modernisation quota to improve energy efficiency, but such a move would hurt Germany’s poor, writes Michael Fabricius in a commentary in Die Welt. Germany’s strict regulations mean modernisations will be particularly expensive in that country, while the affected housing is mainly used by low-income groups. “Strasbourg’s climate protection ambitions would hit households that have little money left for living,” writes Fabricius. “Climate protection and social responsibility are increasingly at odds when it comes to building modernisations.”

Read the commentary in German here.   

Find plenty of background in the dossier The Energiewende and Efficiency.

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