The energy efficiency package: Boosting renovation in the EU

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission released its long-awaited Winter Package ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’, including the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). With the package the Commission intends to accelerate building renovation rates, facilitate access to finance and create jobs in the building sector.

Renovating Europe’s inefficient building stock is identified as vital for delivering on energy security and on the EU’s climate commitments. 75% of the EU’s existing building stock is highly inefficient. Building are responsible for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of its CO2 emissions. On top of that, building renovations have the advantage of creating local jobs and further stimulating the economy.

EURACTIV organised a workshop to discuss the EU’s approach towards energy efficiency in buildings. Questions included:

  • Will the Clean Energy package effectively unleash the energy savings potential of buildings?
  • Will the package help to keep us in line with our Paris Agreement goals?
  • How will the EDD, EPDB and Smart Financing for Smart Buildings initiative help the upscaling of renovation?
  • The current rate of renovation is 1%. What is needed to increase this percentage?

Supporter

Danfoss

Danfoss top five priorities for a successful DWD revision:

  1. Unlock investments in energy efficiency and digitalization
  2. Increase transparency about energy use and water losses in the European water sector
  3. Enforce reduction of water leaks to de-risk contamination through leaky pipes
  4. Make information easy to understand by the public and comparable between member states
  5. Think circular economy

Danfoss

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