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Energy 16-05-2022

Isolate Putin. Insulate homes.

As part of the plan to break away from Russian fossil fuels, due to be tabled on Wednesday (18 May), Europe needs new action on energy efficiency, energy savings and the renovation wave writes Ciarán Cuffe.
Energy 12-05-2022

To get rid of Russian fossil fuels, the EU needs to put energy savings first

The biggest potential for massive energy savings lies in the decarbonisation of the EU building stock. But to be effective, measures must be accompanied by a strong EU policy and regulatory framework, write Monica Frassoni and Harry Verhaar.
Energy 27-04-2022

How to go faster and further on building renovation to sever ties with Russia

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted the EU to start getting serious about its energy policy and cut its reliance on Russia. To do that, building renovation must be a priority in the EU's REPowerEU Action Plan, due in May, writes Adrian Joyce.
Energy 31-03-2022

Time to get serious about energy efficiency

Rather than focus exclusively on alternative supplies to Russian energy imports, the EU can and should push for a radical improvement in energy efficiency with bolder policies on building renovation, argues Jessica Stromback.
Energy 16-02-2022

The New European Bauhaus – bringing design to the green transition

As Europe looks to adapt to its green and digital future, there will be no one size fits all solution. Instead, projects like the New European Bauhaus should drive culture and design in a sustainable, accessible and fair way, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
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Seizing the opportunity: three foundations for a smart and affordable building decarbonization

The conclusions of COP26 are clear: we have to speed up to keep the 1.5°C targets within reach. That is a priority of the new German government, the guiding principle for the EU Green Deal, and also for my company:...

EU countries told to set up ‘one-stop-shops’ to help homeowners renovate

In order to double the renovation rate of buildings, the European Commission has requested EU member states to provide technical assistance to homeowners by setting up one-stop-shops that will guide consumers throughout the renovation process.

EU confronted with lack of skilled labour to support building renovation wave

The EU’s push to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce the amount of fossil fuel they consume could create more than 160,000 jobs in the energy and heating sector by 2030, according to the European Commission.
Energy 13-12-2021

EU warned against watering down climate ambition in buildings law

There are growing concerns that the European Commission is considering to water down a key piece of legislation that would drive emissions reductions in buildings ahead of its publication this week.
Energy 29-11-2021

Policies to mitigate high energy prices should fast-track building renovation

It is troubling to see that buildings have been given a relatively small space in the overall strategy to combat rising energy prices, writes Oliver Rapf.
Energy 25-11-2021

LEAK: Draft EU law introduces new standards to decarbonise buildings by 2050

A draft EU directive, due for publication on 14 December, introduces minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings undergoing major renovation works as part of a renewed push to achieve a zero-emission building stock by 2050.
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Deep Renovation: The New Normal

Some 50 million Europeans live in energy poverty. Even before recent record highs for energy prices shook Europe, politicians and citizens spent a lot of time thinking about renovating buildings
Energy 11-11-2021

Community renovation projects are key to supporting the green transition

Both tenants and homeowners need to be involved in renovation programmes to bring Europe's ageing building stock in line with its climate goals. Energy cooperatives could be one way to encourage citizens' support, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
Energy 16-09-2021

How the European Central Bank can unleash the building renovation wave

Trillions is needed for the deep building renovations required to meet Europe's climate targets.  To make this happen, EU institutions need to use the network of banks across Europe and incentivise loans for home renovation, argue finance campaigners.

Europe needs to speed up on climate action

Europe's recent push to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is desperately needed, but it is happening too slowly, with many key measures laid out in the Fit for 55 climate package not coming into force until the 2030s, writes Michael Bloss.
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Economy & Jobs 15-09-2021

EU Taxonomy: The case of listed real estate

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Renovations have a much greater climate mitigation potential than new constructions. Discover why we must look at a building’s whole life cycle and embodied carbon if we want to align the built environment with the EU’s climate objectives.
Energy 14-09-2021

Achieving climate neutrality will depend on how we decarbonise our building stock

Effiecient, technological and smarter buildings should be the cornerstone of Europe's decarbonisation, but more effort needs to go towards renovating the bloc's current building stock, writes Seán Kelly.
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Our renovation dream needs a reality check

I’ve been involved with the renovation of buildings for more than a decade. I’ve campaigned for policies to put renovation at the top of public agendas and I’ve worked on hundreds of retrofit sites across Europe. Barry Lynham is Managing...
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Fit for 55 with healthy buildings

Indoor environmental quality has major impact on our health and wellbeing. The EPBD revision will boost building energy renovation at a massive scale. We show why and how the EPBD should better tackle IEQ and how REHVA promotes healthy buildings.

Carbon pricing in buildings and transport is necessary but must be done well

Without pricing CO2 emissions from buildings and transport, Europe will miss its -55% emissions target, but it must be introduced bearing in mind the political and societal risks, particularly in countries like Poland, writes Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera.
Energy 30-07-2021

Carbon pricing in buildings? Help renovate and fuel-switch to renewables first

Including buildings in an emissions trading scheme will have a limited impact on emissions. The EU must also focus on an ambitious revision of the energy performance of buildings directive to ensure that emissions are sufficiently decreased, writes Monica Frassoni.
Energy 29-07-2021

Climate legislation overhaul opens door to geothermal, but not wide enough

The recent overhaul of European climate legislation to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is a good first step towards supporting geothermal energy, but goes little further, according to a former Bulgarian environment minister.
Energy 26-07-2021

Tackling energy poverty is a non-negotiable part of the green transition

Europe's new climate legislation must focus on renovating its inefficient buildings and lifting millions of people out of energy poverty, but that is only possible if the EU works together with local governments, writes Emil Boc.
Energy 22-07-2021

France to capitalise on ‘resounding success’ of green renovation

The government's MaPrimeRenov' scheme, which helps households make energy efficiency renovation of buildings is a "resounding success", France's ecological transition ministry said on Monday (19 July), hoping many more will apply to the scheme in 2021. EURACTIV France reports.