Smart living in Leeuwarden

05 July 2017 - Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)

For Leeuwarden, sustainability is a combination of the four Ps (People, Planet, Profit and Prophesy). Sustainability is part of an economic programme that focuses on organising green work, insulating homes and installing solar panels. A secondary focus is on attracting innovative green businesses to the city and encouraging them to develop and grow.

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We should make our homes more sustainable for many different reasons, but the main one is to cut energy costs. The city aims to sign performance agreements on this issue with the housing corporations, which own around a third of the housing stock. But a more difficult task will be increasing the sustainability of the remaining 30,000 or so homes in private hands.

The biggest issue with increasing sustainability is decreasing the burden

The municipality set up the Smart Living in Leeuwarden project to deal with this very issue. A digital service desk gives advice about home insulation and installing solar panels. The municipality offers favourable loans so that residents can quickly recover the costs of their investment. The province runs a grant scheme – the Frisian energy bonus – which provides up to EUR 2,400 per home.

The biggest issue with increasing sustainability is decreasing the burden. People don't know who they can trust and can't be bothered dealing with the hassle. One solution is to set up energy consortia: clusters of businesses such as construction, insulation and installation companies, architects and energy advisers who have experience with making houses greener. These kinds of partnerships could make it easier for homeowners to improve the sustainability of their properties. Furthermore, making private homes and social housing more sustainable will in turn lead to more employment, creating a virtuous circle.

Solar panels on a rooftop in Leeuwarden

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