TIGER has been funded by the European Union as a research project exploring the most effective ways to assist public authorities (Abruzzo Region and ATER) in building the legal, financial, and technical competences needed to carry out energy efficiency upgrading of buildings. This challenge plays a key role both from a social and an environmental point of view to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 through an inclusive economic growth without deepening the already existing social inequalities.
On the one hand, the housing sector is one of the largest energy consumers in Europe, responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Moreover, the social housing sector is in an even more critical situation due to the lack of funding to renovate housing and the absence of a long-term energy strategy.
On the other hand, an equally urgent problem is represented by the growing number of households in energy poverty. In Europe in 2019, 7.3% of the population could not afford adequate thermal comfort while almost 7% could not pay their bills on time. Moreover, the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the problem by forcing people to carry on more activities at home, such as working and cooking, resulting in higher energy consumption and significantly increasing inequality.
By developing an innovative model for financing energy efficiency and rehabilitation actions, TIGER will reduce the energy consumption and climate-changing gas emissions of social buildings while allowing households to save on their energy bills and increase their awareness of energy consumption through the training activities.