EPBD recast proposal: renovation potential not fully boosted
Brussels, 15 December 2021
The recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is key to delivering energy savings and emissions cut in the building sector in a way that benefits EU citizens and businesses. The EPBD must be at the heart of an EU transition towards climate neutrality that is fair and inclusive for all. The recast proposal improves the provisions to increase energy efficiency in buildings and extends the directive’s scope to cover also sustainability aspects but fails to unleash the full renovation potential needed to decarbonise the EU building stock.
The European Commission released its proposal to recast the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), intending to put in place measures to decarbonise European buildings by 2050. The EPBD is indispensable to reach the objective of the Fit for 55 Package, namely a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
The Coalition welcomes the recast of the EPBD: without an acceleration of actions in the buildings sector, the achievement of a higher 2030 EU energy efficiency target can not be achieved. However, the recast proposal should be strengthened in order to live up to its ambition of creating a strong enabling framework that substantially speeds up renovations to deliver energy savings, emissions cuts, and better living conditions for citizens, especially the most vulnerable.
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