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Building efficiency: Parliament ENVI Committee takes the lead

On 7 September, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted both the JÄÄTTEENMÄKI and GUTELAND Opinion Reports. These reports on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) send a clear and positive initial signal from the European Parliament on building energy renovation as a key solution.  
EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, welcomes the adoption of the JÄÄTTEENMÄKI Report on the EPBD. For example, the ENVI Committee overwhelmingly (53 in favour, 6 abstentions) voted to clarify that a decarbonized building stock means a stock which is highly energy efficient and performs at nZEB level. The national long-term renovation strategies were also considerably strengthened, with milestones and actions plans.

Other improvements on the Commission proposal are on financing, the introduction of energy advisory services, roll-out of smart technologies, and a strong encouragement to perform energy improvements in a holistic manner, so as to improve indoor air quality. The report clearly recalls that energy efficient buildings have a lot to deliver, notably for improving our comfort and health. “Such improvements should have been complemented with a clear support for Building Renovation Passports, which we believe is the tool of the future to support consumers in comprehensive, step-by-step renovations”, commented Adrian JOYCE, EuroACE Secretary General.

EuroACE also welcomes the adoption of the GUTELAND Report on the EED, which recalled the Parliament’s position for a binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030. Other positive elements include national binding targets, and widening the scope of the public sector renovation objective to all public buildings (not only those centrally owned and occupied by government). Article 7 on the annual energy savings obligation, was also very much bolstered, with the elimination of loopholes and inclusion of transport in the baseline.

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Source:  EuroACE,