Energy performance of buildings

More banks join EU-backed pilot scheme for green mortgages

Deutsche Hypothekenbank in Germany and Ecology Building Society in the UK were the latest to join a group of 37 pioneering banks offering an energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme to homeowners.
Energy 10-07-2018

Cooling, Europe’s unheralded energy challenge

Heating and cooling takes up half the European Union’s energy consumption but it is often radiators and heaters that hog the spotlight, while air conditioning and fans are sidelined. But the changing climate and economic situation means cooling is set to become far more important.
Energy 04-07-2018

UK set to ‘dramatically’ miss 2030 energy efficiency targets for homes

The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 08-06-2018

‘Primary’ energy efficiency in focus as EU talks near finishing line

Public debate on energy efficiency has tended to focus on savings made by the end-user – whether in buildings or in consumer products like TV sets, lightbulbs, and vacuum cleaners, which have all grabbed headlines.
Energy 22-05-2018

Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to halve energy use from new buildings by 2030, as part of a speech that championed the role science and technology will play in delivering her government's industrial strategy. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 16-05-2018

Deadlocked energy savings talks restart as Bulgarians eye final deal

Bulgaria’s EU presidency wants the European Parliament to put a compromise on the table during fresh talks on energy efficiency tonight (16 May) in order to unlock negotiations and close the file before July. But MEPs and member states still seem far apart on crucial aspects of energy savings.
Energy 18-04-2018

Demand for cooling could outstrip heating as Earth warms

A burgeoning middle class and a warming world will result in energy demand for cooling overtaking that for heating by the middle of the century, researchers have predicted. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 09-04-2018

‘Invisible’ cement polluters urged to double climate efforts

European producers were singled out among the worst performers in a new environmental ranking of the world’s largest publicly-listed cement companies, published on Monday (9 April).
Energy 20-03-2018

No ‘one size fits all’ solution to decarbonise heating and cooling

Heating and cooling our homes, businesses and industrial processes makes up half of the EU’s energy demand. Yet, decarbonising the sector is proving a daunting task for which multiple solutions will be needed, industry experts say.
Energy 27-02-2018

Biomass policy under the spotlight as EU talks kick off

The European Union’s proposed new biomass policy has enough built-in safeguards to ensure it doesn’t lead to additional carbon emissions, an EU official told a EURACTIV event last week, amid warnings that the policy risks making global warming worse by increasing deforestation.
Energy 31-01-2018

EU finance advisors back ‘less risky’ energy efficiency loans

A high level group of financial experts has advised European regulators to encourage more favourable treatment for energy saving loans and mortgages, in a move that could unlock billions in lending for green building renovation programmes across Europe.
Energy 17-01-2018

Backtrack in Strasbourg as MEPs compromise on energy efficiency

The European Parliament has abandoned its long-held 40% energy efficiency target at the final hurdle, after political groups backed a binding 35% goal in 2030 instead.
Energy 17-01-2018

MEPs set for final crack at clean energy’s ‘problem child’

Negotiations on the Clean Energy package’s energy efficiency file have been far from smooth sailing and MEPs will meet later on Wednesday (17 January) to hammer out the European Parliament’s final position. The vote is set to be a tight one.
Energy 20-12-2017

EU deal sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

After a third round of talks, EU lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday (19 December) on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), firing the starting gun to renovate Europe’s entire building stock by 2050 so that it becomes “nearly zero emissions”.
Energy 19-12-2017

EU deal on ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ by 2050

European Union lawmakers reached a tentative agreement Tuesday (19 December) on some key parts of a draft law that will facilitate the renovation of Europe’s existing building stock, with the aim of reaching nearly zero energy buildings by 2050, EU sources said.
Energy 06-12-2017

Estonia calls off ‘trench war’ talks on EU building law

EU Presidency holder Estonia called off negotiations over the recast energy performance of buildings directive on Tuesday (5 December) after a late night session described as a “trench war” by one official.
Energy 05-12-2017

‘Committed’ Canete ups pressure on EU buildings law

The EU Commissioner in charge of climate action, Miguel Arias Cañete, will personally attend three-way talks taking place Tuesday (5 December) on the recast energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD), in a sign of the rising political profile taken by energy saving policies in Brussels.
Electric cars 08-11-2017

EU unveils proposal to clean up transport, boost electric vehicles

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (8 November) a legislative package aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in road transport and encouraging the uptake of electric cars, in an attempt to help Europe's car industry remain competitive in the face of growing pressure from the US and China.
Energy 16-10-2017

Polish MEP under pressure on crucial EU energy saving law

An update of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive risks coming undone as a result of political infighting between the Polish lawmaker charged with helming the European Parliament’s revision of the legislation and much of his own political group, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Electricity 13-10-2017

France looks to solar power ‘prosumers’ to underpin energy transition

France plans to more than double its solar power capacity in the next ten years and make it easier for citizens to become energy independent, as part of its energy transition plan. But closer inspections leaves room for doubt if Paris will make good on its promises.
Energy 12-10-2017

Policymakers set eyes on next wave of EU lighting laws

Almost ten years after the European Union banned incandescent light bulbs, policymakers are turning their attention to less immediate aspects of lighting – ranging from productivity gains in the workplace and classrooms to human well-being and even emotional health.
Energy 12-10-2017

Buildings law gets preliminary stamp of approval from European Parliament

MEPs on Wednesday (11 October) backed a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) after a draft report managed to win broad support from across the political spectrum in a key Parliament committee.
Energy 11-10-2017

Fire safety boosted by EU’s quest for efficient buildings

A revision of the EU’s buildings law is being used as an opportunity to bring fire safety into the heart of Brussels policymaking, as MEPs and NGOs alike hope to avoid a repeat of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Energy 10-10-2017

Renewables loophole threatens to dilute EU buildings law objectives

An oversight in the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) risks undermining the European Commission’s promise to place "efficiency first" across all EU energy legislation ahead of a defining vote in Parliament this week.