Directive (EU) 2018/844 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

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Series Details L156, 19.6.2018
Publication Date 19/06/2018
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The European Commission adopted on 30 November 2016 a proposal putting forward a revision of Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD).

The Council of the European Union debated this issue in February and June 2017, agreeing on a general approach after the latter occasion. The European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee approved the final report on the proposal in October 2017, along with a mandate to start inter-institutional negotiations.

Three rounds of trilogue meetings were held in November and December 2017. Provisional agreement on a text was reached between the Council and the Parliament upon conclusion of the third trilogue on 19 December 2017.

The Council's COREPER endorsed the informal agreement on 31 January 2018. The European Parliament adopted the deal on 17 April.

The new Directive was adopted by the Parliament and the Council on 30 May 2018.

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The proposal was adopted as part of the Clean Energy Package presented simultaneously with the aim of delivering on the EU 2030 energy and climate goals.

+ Adoption of the Clean Energy Package, November 2016

The EPBD is oriented towards achieving EU targets in energy efficiency. Its main objective is to accelerate the cost-effective renovation of existing buildings, which represents a 'win-win' option for the EU economy as a whole. The proposal aims to:

+ Integrate long term building renovation strategies, supporting the mobilisation of financing and creating a clear vision for a decarbonised building stock by 2050;
+ Encourage the use of ICT and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently;
+ Streamline provisions where they have not delivered the expected results.

The proposal takes into account the results of a review process based on a broad public consultation, studies, and meetings with stakeholders and is supported by an evaluation and an impact assessment.

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EUR-Lex: COM(2016)765: Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)408: Evaluation of Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)409: Executive summary of the evaluation of Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)414: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)415: Executive summary of the impact assessment
ESO: Key Source: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
EurActiv, 06.07.17: [Opinion] Energy performance of buildings: Time to put efficiency first
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 31.01.18: Energy efficient buildings: EU ambassadors endorse agreement
Legislative Train: Review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU
EP: Legislative Observatory: Energy performance of buildings
EPRS: Briefing, March 2018: Improving energy performance of buildings
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 26.06.17: Energy efficient buildings: increased energy savings and better living conditions
EurActiv, 19.12.17: EU deal on ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ by 2050
EUObserver, 20.12.17: Lower energy bills promised after EU buildings deal
EPRS: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 14.05.18: Energy efficient buildings: Council adopts revised directive
European Commission: Press Release, 17.04.18: Commission welcomes final vote on energy performance of buildings
European Parliament: Press Release, 17.04.18: Smarter and more energy-efficient buildings in the EU by 2050
EurActiv [Opinion]: Buildings renovation: The low hanging fruit for emissions savings

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