The vision for decarbonising the European building stock is clear enough: now comes the time for the member states to enforce these commitments.
It is up to national governments to implement in their own legislation updated rules imposed by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) but also to lead regional and municipal authorities that need to put in force the directive at local level.
The risk of the directive being ineffective is high if countries don’t enforce it correctly: long-term renovations strategies will provide a test for proper implementation and will set the path for decarbonising the building stock by 2050 to nearly-zero energy standards.
Addressing energy poverty and developing new financial tools to boost energy savings are two things governments could do in practice to go beyond the targets outlined in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and start renovating the European building stock for real.
The amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) contains a vision for 2050 for the buildings stock in the EU – it will have to be highly energy efficient and decarbonised, reaching cost-effective nearly zero energy levels.
To succeed in renovating the European building stock by 2050, all the governance levels need to be involved, from local to national, French MP Marjolaine Meynier-Millefert told EURACTIV, adding that people who cannot afford the costs of renovation must not be left behind.
The agreements on the various parts of the EU clean energy package were hard fought, but their signing marks the beginning of the battle to implement them, as much as it does the end of the struggle to agree them, argues Adrian Joyce.