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An EU supported home equity scheme to accelerate energy renovation of the private housing stock

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Rapport commandé par l’Institut des démocrates européens et mis en ligne le 18 décembre 2019.

Though being an important source of GHG emissions, residential buildings are not being renovated at the pace required for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050. This paper argues for the creation, at the level of municipalities, of EU-supported home equity release schemes in order to accelerate renovation, densify housing areas and provide support to low-income, aged homeowners-occupants.

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An open global partnership for an international sustainable development agenda


Essay selected for the semi-final phase of the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape – Remodelling Global Cooperation.

The submission calls for the recognition of the enhanced role of non-state actors in international affairs by starting eight sectoral platforms corresponding to the aspects of Agenda 2030. Drawing on existing international structures, membership in a Global Partnership would be open to all actors having real expertise in the specific area, regardless of their nature. Each platform identifies the goals its sector needs to meet. By working concurrently on several projects on the platforms, actors would develop synergies and identify best practices thanks to a large “project library” drawing from the power of big data. The Platforms and the database are to be financed by more efficient resource coordination through the platforms, voluntary contribution and by the institution of a global tax, e.g. on carbon.

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An energy tax revision to reduce debt, boost investment and employment and facilitate the adoption of other structural reforms

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Essay submitted in July 2016 for the McKinsey Global Institute Essay Prize on “how could a pro-growth reform programme be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level?”.

In a context of lack of confidence, depressed investment and aggregate demand as well as deflation risks, all of these phenomena occurring despite a conjunction of favourable factors (cheap oil, weaker euro and very accommodative monetary policy), we propose to take up the proposal of the European Commission to revise the Energy Taxation Directive, introduced in 2011 and withdrawn last year due to the opposition of the Parliament and the Council.

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