|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Energy|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 802|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative - tabled by the European Commission on 15 December 2021 - aiming to revise the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is a recast of an existing legislative act. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Buildings account for 40% of energy consumed and 36% of energy-related direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the European Union (EU), heating, cooling and domestic hot water account for 80% of the energy that households consume. In this context, building renovation is key for reducing the energy consumption of buildings, for bringing down emissions and for reducing energy bills. In addition, renovation generates local jobs and economic growth.
The relevant legislative framework features Directive 2010/31/EU, also known as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), at its core. This Act was last amended by Directive (EU) 2018/844. This draft law aims to fully revise the Directive, and its was first announced in the 2021 Commission Work Programme. It complements the Fit for 55 legislative package adopted earlier in the year. It also follows up on key component of the three focus areas of the Renovation Wave Strategy. It is seen as a key initiative to deliver on the 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives.
This draft law proposes the gradual introduction of minimum energy performance standards to trigger renovation of the worst performing buildings, a new standard for new buildings and a more ambitious vision for buildings to be zero-emission, enhanced long-term renovation strategies - to be renamed National Building Renovation Plans - and increased reliability, quality and digitalisation of Energy Performance Certificates. It also includes a definition of deep renovation and the introduction of building renovation passports, and the modernisation of buildings and their systems.
The proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 15 December 2021. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 25 October 2022.
|Subject Tags||Energy Consumption, Energy Efficiency|
|Keywords||Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|