Renovation of buildings: The fight is over, time to implement

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.

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