Energy performance of buildings

Energy 27-07-2020

Gas boilers deserve an ‘F’, not an ‘A’

Fossil gas boilers may continue to be labelled ‘green’ for another decade or so if EU leaders fail to review energy labelling rules for heating appliances within a year. This would be very bad news for an overheating world, write...
Energy 07-07-2020

Why national building renovation plans are key for the recovery

Renovating a country’s buildings and homes represents a massive opportunity for sustainable economic recovery, health, well-being, and CO2 reduction, writes Oliver Rapf.
Energy 06-07-2020

LEAK: ‘Efficiency first’ is top priority of draft EU energy strategy

Efficiency must be at the core of Europe’s energy policy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document outlining its vision of a more agile, low-carbon energy system powered chiefly by renewable electricity.
Energy 03-07-2020

Housing’s role in Europe’s green transition

What investment could be wiser than one that protects the most vulnerable and contributes to climate change mitigation by decreasing our energy consumption? The Just Transition Fund must recognise housing as a cornerstone of the green transition, argue two leading MEPs and civil society leaders.
Energy 29-06-2020

Pushing water uphill: Putting power behind the renovation wave

Minimum energy performance standards can contribute to turning the tide on energy renovations in two ways, writes Louise Sunderland.
Energy 26-06-2020

COVID-19 means tackling energy poverty is more urgent than ever

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting European consumers in the pocket, causing rising unemployment and falling income for those who have kept their jobs. Spending more time at home as a result of lockdown measures could make matters worse for energy...
Energy 23-06-2020

Only ‘slight growth’ reported in energy efficiency services

Companies offering energy performance contracts to municipalities saw only moderate growth last year, despite a renewed push at EU level to boost energy savings and building renovation.
Energy 17-06-2020

Why the EU must renovate to recover

The homes we live in are by far the world’s biggest asset class, representing worth €150 trillion, or 20 times the amount of gold ever mined. As such, they are too big to fail, writes Brook Riley.
Energy 16-06-2020

Expert: ‘Lack of trust’ hampers energy efficiency services industry

Lack of trust and information about energy performance contracts are the most frequently cited reasons why some municipalities have become sceptical about energy service companies (ESCOs). In the future, greater standardisation should help overcome issues, says Nick Keegan.
Energy 09-06-2020

Green building advocates ‘underwhelmed’ by EU recovery plan

When the European Commission unveiled its proposed €750 billion recovery fund two weeks ago, green activists were expecting a detailed spending programme, with billions of euros allocated to clean mobility, renewables, and an upcoming EU-wide building renovation wave.
Energy 26-05-2020

The case for green buildings in the COVID-19 recovery

By supporting green buildings, the European Commission can simultaneously cut down energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions while improving comfort and health, and supporting Europe’s 18 million construction workers, writes Peter Sweatman.
Energy 21-05-2020

Heating electrification amplifies need for efficient buildings, experts say

Electrification is key to decarbonising the residential heating sector, but it needs to be done smartly, by using heat pumps flexibly in houses that are efficient enough to act as “thermal batteries,” experts argue.
Energy 07-05-2020

EU building ‘renovation wave’ set for launch in September

The European Commission’s energy chief, Kadri Simson, has flagged the upcoming building renovation wave, rooftop solar, and offshore wind as key priorities for the energy sector in the recovery phase from the coronavirus crisis.
Energy 04-05-2020

We must invest today in the buildings of tomorrow

In the COVID-19 aftermath, making our buildings energy efficient is key to reconcile Europe’s climate objectives with rapid economic recovery. To get this done we need an ambitious policy roadmap at EU level, write Bertrand Deprez and Mohammed Chahim.
Energy 23-04-2020

A green bailout must put Europe’s energy poor first

To weather the COVID-19 crisis, Europe’s energy poor urgently need a green bailout – providing decent, zero-carbon homes for all, writes Clémence Hutin.

Planting the seeds of a green economic recovery after COVID-19

As with all publicly-funded economic stimulus measures, conditions must be applied to the upcoming EU recovery plan, argues Peter Vis. He outlines a few ideas when it comes to the car and airline industries as well as the upcoming building renovation wave.
Energy 17-04-2020

Building renovations can unleash future-proof jobs for a green recovery

Investing in safer, more comfortable and cleaner homes and public buildings would benefit people and the economy, writes Barbara Mariani. Barbara Mariani is senior policy officer for climate and energy at European Environmental Bureau and works as buildings expert for...
Energy 14-04-2020

Dublin MEP pushes ‘neighbourhood’ approach to building renovation

Ciarán Cuffe, a former Irish minister now turned MEP, has urged the European Commission to take a locally integrated approach to building efficiency, saying it will be “critical” to the success of the upcoming renovation wave announced as part of the European Green Deal.
Energy 09-04-2020

EU countries dragging their feet on building renovation plans

Only five EU member states have submitted long-term renovation strategies that were due last month under the revised energy performance of buildings directive: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and Sweden.
Energy 07-04-2020

EU urged to bring building ‘renovation wave’ into recovery plan

The European Commission should make its future pandemic recovery plan conditional on commitments to the green transition, says Bendt Bendtsen, a former MEP who is now leading a Danish interest group lobbying for energy efficiency.
Energy 25-03-2020

Beyond the corona darkness: Bringing light, air and sustainability into people’s homes

The European Green Deal must be central to the recovery programme needed to transition out of the crisis caused by COVID-19, writes Oliver Rapf. And the European Commission's upcoming building renovation wave should be at the centre of it, he argues.

Enlighten the Climate Law with energy efficiency first!

Europe must take the  fastest and most cost-effective route towards a carbon-neutral EU, write Adrian Joyce and Julie Kjestrup. And that means starting where the potential is biggest: buildings.
Energy 07-02-2020

EU way off the mark on energy savings goal, latest figures show

The EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, published new figures on energy consumption for 2018 this week (4 February). As expected, they weren’t good, with the EU as a whole set to miss its 2020 energy efficiency objective by a margin of up to 5%, in what campaigners called the "biggest miss" of all EU climate targets.
Energy 03-02-2020

Glass: A low-hanging fruit for the climate – and a tough nut to crack

Glass is irreplaceable in buildings, making it a key part of the solution to unlock energy savings and help reach Europe's decarbonisation targets. But it's also an energy-intensive industry, for which no immediate clean energy alternative is available.
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