Confined life under COVID-19 focuses global attention on the need to renovate homes

(EurActiv, 13 May 2020) Weeks of staying inside to limit the spread of Coronavirus mean we’ve rarely been more sensitive to what it means to be at home. But around 50 million EU citizens are currently living in leaky houses that they cannot afford to heat or cool properly. Now, more than ever, the EU should invest in renovating our homes, offices, and schools.

This was already about reducing energy poverty, improving health and wellbeing, and mitigating climate change. Spurring a Renovation Wave in Europe is now clearly also key to any future economic recovery plan, as we look to rebuild jobs and growth after a pandemic.

The European Commission is due to propose a revised long-term budget for the years 2021-2027. A fresh look at EU funds, together with an unprecedented global health crisis, give us the perfect moment to kickstart the deep renovation wave.

Eurima, the European Insulation Manufacturers Association, as part of the Renovate Europe Campaign, has written to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, asking for the creation of a Renovation Fund for all Europeans.