Green mortgages

Homebuyers across the EU could be offered better borrowing rates on mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes or committing to implement energy saving work within properties, under a ground-breaking project to define a European energy efficient mortgage product, pioneered by a unique partnership of banks, property valuers, energy efficiency businesses and utility providers.

The Energy Efficiency Mortgage Action Plan initiative will explore the link between energy efficiency and borrower’s reduced probability of default and the increase in value of energy efficient properties. For banks and investors, this could lead to loans which represent a lower risk on the balance sheet and could therefore qualify for a better capital treatment. It could also ensure that banks are able to recognise “energy efficient” assets in their risk profiling, which would begin to help the market to price-in the added value of energy efficient real estate. 

The initiative has been launched by a consortium led by the European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC). The project partners are the Ca’Foscari University of VeniceRICSEuropean Regional Network of Green Building CouncilsE.ON, and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt.

The project was covered in Bloomberg upon launch.