The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review: a potential game changer for the future of clean energy in Europe
The building sector accounts for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of the EU’s CO2 emissions. A full two thirds of buildings were built before energy performance standards even existed. Yet enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings is often overlooked as a tool to reduce CO2 emissions, cut energy consumption, and help Europe achieve its Paris climate agreement goals.
To tap into that potential, the European Commission has initiated a review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) within the scope of its ambitious Clean Energy Package. On 6 September, Orgalime, in partnership with the European Forum for Manufacturing (EFM), organised a dinner debate at the European Parliament to enable EU officials and legislators to discuss the issues involved with representatives from European engineering companies.
Industry representatives underlined that the revision, and especially the nature of Article 8 of the EPBD, will have direct consequences on how far the EU will be able to deliver on the Paris climate agreement, create an integrated modern energy system, and improve the living conditions of European citizens. A forward-looking and resolute review was presented as essential if these changes are to become reality. Moreover, it would create a fresh boost to jobs and growth, while paving the way for the EU to deliver on its environmental pledges – a win-win solution for all stakeholders.
On 11 October 2017, the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee will vote on Rapporteur Bendtsen’s report on the Directive. Orgalime is pushing for an ambitious report that can send a clear signal ahead of negotiations with the Council – with the aim of a final review that delivers on the potential of the Commission’s proposal.