A new UNEP handbook on urban planning is intended to help reduce and avoid urban heat islands. Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities was launched on November 3rd 2021 at COP26.
#housing2030 - Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region. At least 100 million low and middle-income people in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region are housing cost overburdened; they spend more than 40 per cent of their disposable income on housing. Housing affordability is an important element of the right to adequate housing but is often a challenge for groups of the population facing vulnerabilities.
The report reviews and analyses seven EU projects from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain on their transformation of neighborhoods into net-zero energy districts. Lessons learned!
In OECD and non-OECD EU countries, social rental housing represents more than 28 million dwellings and, on average, around 6% of the total housing stock. This OECD-report underlines the importance of this sector for social welfare policy and affordable housing provision.
According to the report "Overview of Housing Exclusion 2020" by the Foundation Abbé Pierre and FEANTSA around 700,000 people face homelessness every night in the European Union, representing a 70% increase in ten years.
"Cities worldwide are regulating online short-term rental platforms, such as Airbnb. One rationale behind these regulations is that short-term renting removes apartments from the long-term rental market."
Exploratory research activity on the financialisation of housing in EU cities. Most findings confirm the assumption that housing financialisation negatively impacts housing affordability.