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Energy transition of local territories Investing in the renovation of energy accessories to fight precariousness
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21 February 2017

On Tuesday, January 21 2017, the initiative "Renovons!” presented its strategic plan to achieve the target set by the Energy Transition Law for Green Growth of eliminating 7.4 million of the most energy-intensive housing by 2025.

This initiative is supported by a collective of energy renovation actors, associations, companies and networks including Caritas, the Abbé Pierre foundation, the NGO Réseau Action Climat or the Effy group. Transitions has been an active supporter of this campaign since its creation, as our firm has accompanied the European Climate Foundation in conjunction with these actors in a prefiguration mission for the campaign (early 2015). The collective relied on the strategic recommendations of our firm to carry out this campaign against energy precariousness and call on candidates for the 2017 presidential election.
The most energy-intensive housing with an Energy F or Energy G label represent 33% of the private housing stock in France. It contributes to increasing the precariousness of poor households, in 45% of cases. Too many French people still have to choose between heating and eating. To tackle this situation, the Energy Transition Law for Green Growth aimed to renovate 820,000 buildings per year and reduce energy precariousness by 15% by 2020.

On the other hand, investing in the renovation of energy-intensive housing would save the French healthcare system 758 million euros, of which 666 million would concern social security. According to a Eurofound study, more than 20 billion euros are allocated to direct and indirect medical costs linked to poor housing (poisonous moulds, cold, etc.).
Environmentally, the residential sector accounts for 11% of total GHG emissions. The reduction of energy-intensive housing would reduce 12.5% of current emissions in the sector, this means 6.13 million tonnes of CO2 due to the reduction in energy consumed (41 tWh of annual savings).

The initiative Renovons! intends to fight against the social, economic, sanitary and energy insecurity of 5.8 million French households while promoting employment, financial and energy savings.
For the time being, these targets seem remote: only 54,000 energy renovations are currently carried out every year, with a 5% drop in energy precariousness.


Investing 80 billion euros...

To speed up this process, the Rénovons! collective, proposes in its "ambitious renovation plan" an investment of 80 billion euros, of which 36 billion euros over the period 2017-2025 would fall under public financing. It includes a return time on investment of 26 years for the State. One of the proposals made by Rénovons! is to strengthen the support mechanisms already in place ("live better", tax credit, zero-rate eco-loan). Over time, the collective hopes that all homes will reach the D label at least by 2025 and the BBC performance level by 2050.

... for significant economic, environmental, social and public health benefits
With the renovation of energy-intensive housing, France is expected to save 1.03 million euros annually on the energy bill (from 2026) while households would save an average of around 512 euros on their energy bill (per household and per year). In addition, this renovation will create 126,000 jobs between 2017 and 2025 and 18,000 FTEs over the long term.

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