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Parliamentary questions
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4 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005361/2018

As buildings account for approximately 36% of all CO2 emissions in the Union, they are central to the Union's energy efficiency policy. As the Honourable Member may know Directive (EU) 2018/844(1), recently adopted by the European Parliament and Council, amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency updates and strengthens Directive 2010/31/EU and creates a clear path towards a low and zero emission building stock by 2050. The new Governance Regulation, also adopted by the European Parliament and Council, (expected to come into force by end 2018) also underpins energy efficiency plans at national level.

National roadmaps to decarbonised buildings, with comprehensive national long-term building renovation strategies in order to accelerate the transformation of existing buildings will also help to foster this transformation. Moreover, Member States must put in place support policies to stimulate the refurbishment of existing building stocks towards nearly zero-energy levels.

The revised Directive also requires Member States to support the mobilisation of investments in building renovation along three pillars: more effective use of public funds; de-risking energy efficiency investments supported by better evidence; and project aggregation mechanisms and technical assistance. The Commission's ‘Smart Finance for Smart Buildings’ initiative includes specific measures to unlock private financing and enable market actors to realise their projects through attractive and appropriate financing solutions and other EU financial support mechanisms also help to encourage more and better low risk investments in energy efficiency improvements in EU buildings.


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