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Improving energy performance of buildings

19-07-2018

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘clean energy’ package to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals, including a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposed to leave intact the main features of the existing EPBD, modernise and streamline some requirements, introduce binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings, introduce a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability ...

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘clean energy’ package to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals, including a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposed to leave intact the main features of the existing EPBD, modernise and streamline some requirements, introduce binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings, introduce a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability of buildings in energy self-production and consumption, and set clearer requirements for national databases on energy performance certificates. The Council adopted a general approach in June 2017. In Parliament the ITRE committee adopted its report in October 2017. After three rounds of trilogue negotiations, a provisional agreement was reached on 19 December 2017. After formal adoption by Parliament and Council in spring 2018, the revised EPBD was signed into law on 30 May 2018 and entered into force on 9 July 2018. Fourth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

Cities: Front line of climate action

16-02-2018

Cities have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate change challenge and delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. In the European Union (EU), where nearly three quarters of the population live in urban areas, many cities are leading the way in this regard, taking action in three areas central to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions – namely, buildings, energy supply, and transport – and acting as living laboratories of climate-change-related innovation. The EU supports ...

Cities have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate change challenge and delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. In the European Union (EU), where nearly three quarters of the population live in urban areas, many cities are leading the way in this regard, taking action in three areas central to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions – namely, buildings, energy supply, and transport – and acting as living laboratories of climate-change-related innovation. The EU supports cities in their efforts by providing guidance, promoting experience-and knowledge-sharing, fostering cooperation, and funding climate action. Climate-relevant initiatives are in place in various policy fields, from transport to the environment, research and innovation, the most high-profile being the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which currently counts over 7 700 signatories. A supportive framework is essential to ensure city-level initiatives have enough resources and potential to effect meaningful change. Easing access to climate funding and strengthening the role of cities in climate governance are among the main challenges ahead, and the main demands of city associations. The latter issue is currently in the spotlight, notably in relation to the proposal for a regulation on energy union governance, part of the EU clean energy package. The European Parliament adopted amendments to the proposed regulation in January 2018. The role of EU regions and cities in implementing the Paris Agreement is also the subject of an own-initiative report, scheduled for debate during the March plenary session. This briefing is an update of an earlier one published in October 2017.

Energy performance of buildings

28-02-2017

The IA appears to provide a thorough analysis of the current situation and of the likely impacts of the proposed options, based on sound and comprehensive research. The Commission explains the models used for the analysis and is open about the key assumptions. The IA relies largely on the wide stakeholder consultation activities carried out for the ex post evaluation of the EPBD (published on the same day as the IA). However, generally speaking, the information on stakeholders' views in the IA could ...

The IA appears to provide a thorough analysis of the current situation and of the likely impacts of the proposed options, based on sound and comprehensive research. The Commission explains the models used for the analysis and is open about the key assumptions. The IA relies largely on the wide stakeholder consultation activities carried out for the ex post evaluation of the EPBD (published on the same day as the IA). However, generally speaking, the information on stakeholders' views in the IA could have been more precise; the stakeholder support for each option is not readily apparent from the IA.

Boosting Building Renovation: What Potential and Value for Europe?

14-10-2016

Renovation of buildings is key to meet the EU’s energy efficiency targets. This paper reviews the literature on the state of the building stock and assesses various policy options and their potential for boosting the energy efficient renovation of buildings in Europe. This document has been commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament.

Renovation of buildings is key to meet the EU’s energy efficiency targets. This paper reviews the literature on the state of the building stock and assesses various policy options and their potential for boosting the energy efficient renovation of buildings in Europe. This document has been commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament.

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Irati ARTOLA, Koen RADEMAEKERS, Rob WILLIAMS and Jessica YEARWOOD

Energy efficiency of buildings: A nearly zero-energy future?

11-05-2016

Buildings account for 40% of overall energy consumption in the European Union and could contribute significantly to reaching EU climate and energy targets as well as reducing EU dependency on imported gas and oil, thereby limiting the need for higher electricity production. The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive tried to seize this potential by introducing the concept of nearly zero-energy buildings, which is supposed to become a mandatory EU standard for all new and newly rented public ...

Buildings account for 40% of overall energy consumption in the European Union and could contribute significantly to reaching EU climate and energy targets as well as reducing EU dependency on imported gas and oil, thereby limiting the need for higher electricity production. The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive tried to seize this potential by introducing the concept of nearly zero-energy buildings, which is supposed to become a mandatory EU standard for all new and newly rented public buildings by 2019, and all new buildings by 2021. However, with energy efficiency of the overwhelming majority of existing buildings being unsatisfactory, their renovation is even more crucial. While the Directive demands that Member States set stringent energy performance requirements for major renovation, there are no targets for the pace at which this should be done, and the uptake has been slow. Most of the buildings in the EU are privately owned and their owners have been reluctant to undertake expensive renovations, which are complex decisions that also hinge on technical, legal, financial and organisational considerations. EU funding earmarked for renovations is available, but private owners have had difficulty accessing it. Buildings owned by central governments were supposed to be renovated at an annual rate of 3%, but due to insufficient data, it is unclear whether this has happened. The European Parliament has been ambitious in this field and has repeatedly called for a stronger focus on renovation of existing buildings.

How to End Energy Poverty? Scrutiny of Current EU and Member States Instruments

26-10-2015

Policymaking to alleviate energy poverty needs to find a balance between short-term remedies and the resolution of long-term drivers of energy poverty. EU policy might need to work towards a) finding a definition of energy poverty; b) supporting national policies financially through EU coordination; and c) setting minimum standards for energy efficiency of buildings and devices. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE ...

Policymaking to alleviate energy poverty needs to find a balance between short-term remedies and the resolution of long-term drivers of energy poverty. EU policy might need to work towards a) finding a definition of energy poverty; b) supporting national policies financially through EU coordination; and c) setting minimum standards for energy efficiency of buildings and devices. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

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Schumacher, Katja (Öko-Institut e.V.), Cludius, Johanna (Öko-Institut e.V.), Förster, Hannah (Öko-Institut e.V.), Greiner, Benjamin (Öko-Institut e.V.), Hünecke, Katja (Öko-Institut e.V.), Kenkmann, Tanja (Öko-Institut e.V.) and van Nuffel, Luc (Trinomics)

Workshop on 'Financing energy savings and energy efficiency in Europe'

14-10-2011

The workshop set out to evaluate and assess the advantages, disadvantages and barriers related to the various financing instruments for energy savings and energy efficiency. It also looked at the financing needs and relevant instruments for achieving energy savings under energy obligation schemes.

The workshop set out to evaluate and assess the advantages, disadvantages and barriers related to the various financing instruments for energy savings and energy efficiency. It also looked at the financing needs and relevant instruments for achieving energy savings under energy obligation schemes.

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Johannes Feist and Johannes Feist (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau - KfW, Germany) ; Terry Ward (Applica) ; Brian Motherway (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland -SEAI, Ireland) ; Didier Bosseboeuf (World Energy Council and French Agency for Environment and Energy Management - ADEME)

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