Energy Efficiency in Non-residential Buildings

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The Energy Efficiency Communication, released by the European Commission earlier this year, proposed a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030, a figure that has caused some debate among stakeholders. EU Member States have already signed up to a voluntary objective of reducing the EU’s primary energy use by 20% by 2020, measured against 2005 levels.

One of the EU’s key policy tools to achieve this objective is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which was initially supposed to reduce the EU’s energy consumption by up to 6%.

  • How can energy consumption in existing industrial, public and commercial buildings be improved? What are the concrete steps forward and the available solutions?
  • How can new buildings be made more energy efficient?
  • Are there enough incentives to foster renovations for commercial buildings?
  • How can we implement building renovations throughout EU Member States? How can we bridge the gap to 2030? 

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