Stand with Ukraine.

ENABLE - Empowered Civil Society for a Sustainable and Efficient city (KAZ)
Municipal Housing in Kharkiv: Affordable Rental Models for Housing Recovery in Ukraine
Cosme Reno
Street HP Reno
ComActivate - Enabling community action for energy sufficiency
GREEN Home - Energy Efficiency for HOAs
Master of my House Georgia (since 2018)
PROMHOUSE - Housing Management Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
H2020 ComAct - Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation

Eastern Europe - key region for climate protection


For a successful European and global energy transition and climate policy in the direction of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, the building sector is undoubtedly of the greatest relevance. There is immense potential for energy savings and efficiency in this sector, the exploitation of which also promotes environmental protection and decarbonisation. This is particularly true for the building stock in Eastern Europe due to the historical developments in the region in the residential building sector.


In questions of climate protection and sustainability, the countries of the Eastern European region have committed themselves to the same goals as their Western European neighbours and the international community of states. Their conditions and challenges, however, sometimes differ considerably.


Connect and understand.

Based in the heart of Berlin, the Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa (IWO) e.V. - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe brings together private and public partners from Germany and many other countries. Our common goal is to support a market-based, sustainable, ecologically and socially compatible development of the housing and building sectors in Eastern Europe (also beyond the EU), the Caucasus and Central Asia.


The NGO was founded in 2001 on the initiative of the then Federal Ministry of Construction and has since pursued exclusively and directly charitable purposes. Our work and topics concern a social interest that is not immediately apparent: But without increased efforts for more climate protection, higher energy-efficient (residential) building renovation rates and improved living and housing standards, also in the Eastern European region, whose derelict building stock currently represents a large and increasing burden on the climate, the achievement of European and global climate protection and sustainability goals is not possible.




News archive




EuroFest2024 is an opportunity to celebrate unity, diversity and friendship among European nations and also to learn about various EU-funded projects highlighting their positive impact and contribution to Kazakhstan and Central Asia. This event promises to be a day of fun, learning, and cultural exchange for residents and visitors of the capital.


During the festival the European Union funded project “ENABLE - Empowered Civil Society for a Sustainable and Energy Efficient City”, coordinated by IWO e. V., will be presented. The event in Astana will be attended by the implementing partners, the Kazakhstan Parliamentary Development Fund (KPDF) who will present exhibitions on the following topics: "Perspectives for sustainable development of large residential areas – planning, energy modernisation and energy efficiency: German experience” and “Thermal modernisation of the housing stock: Experience in Kazakhstan”, organised within the framework of the project.