Socially responsible climate action in the property sector is feasible – this was the general thrust of discussions at a conference where Deutsche Wohnen discussed its concept with representatives from the world of politics, business and research.
The consequences of climate change are already tangible – that is clear to all experts who took part in the conference. There is a need for urgent action to avoid “tipping points” such as the desertification of rainforests or melting of the polar ice caps. In his keynote speech to the conference, Prof. Dr Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency, was emphatic that the housing sector must make a major contribution to this, too. The reasons are clear: after all, this sector is responsible for 35 % of final energy consumption and around 30 % of CO2 emissions.
Deutsche Wohnen’s concept is a proposal for how to drive climate action in the housing sector. A prerequisite for this is resolving the dilemma between climate action and living costs. The financing model for energy-related refurbishment creates incentives for landlords and homeowners and eases the burden on tenants through the Energy and Climate Fund.