EuroACE Webinar: Implementing the amended EPBD

The amendment of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is one of the most important changes that has occurred in the EU buildings sector in the last 15 years. At last, EU legislators have recognised that the biggest challenge in the buildings sector is not the standards we use for our new buildings but the ones we use to renovate our existing ones. In part because of hard work by EuroACE and others, awareness has been raised around the fact that our existing buildings consume more than 40% of all primary energy in the EU and emit more than 36% of our CO2 emissions.

It therefore follows that if politicians are serious about achieving the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement by 2050 and in delivering benefits to European businesses and citizens, then the buildings sector absolutely must be addressed. This unavoidable fact has been our key motivation in preparing this detailed guidance note on the amended aspects of the EPBD. We trust that it will be a useful reference document for public and private stakeholders that are engaged in addressing the challenge of improving the energy performance of our building stock.


Download the presentation of the speakers here.

Watch the webinar here.

Download EuroACE Guide to EPBD implementation here.

Webinar: Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation

Energy efficiency is changing, with new digital technologies enabling greater control, optimisation and analytics. New policies and new business models will greatly enhance end-use and systems efficiency.

A topic of fast-growing interest to member countries and partners, the IEA has embarked on a cross-agency initiative – Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation – to explore the potential impacts of digitalisation on energy efficiency and the implications for policy makers. We will develop an analytic framework for assessing impacts, undertake deep dive research on key topics, and build a resource library on the global exchange for energy efficiency.

We will also organise a series of thematic events in 2019 to facilitate stakeholder engagement and exchange of best practices. Our first event involved a webinar in which Brian Motherway, Head of the IEA’s Energy Efficiency Division, launched our new initiative and introduces our first guest speaker, David Nemtzow, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, who presented on the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings Program. We are grateful that David was able to help kick-off this webinar series, as his team has been doing great work demonstrating the value energy efficient buildings can play in delivering significant, cost-effective grid resources.

This first event was a huge success, drawing nearly 400 participants from 61 countries representing government, research organisations, private industry and large energy users. The Q&A was very lively, with more than 40 questions – most of which we couldn’t get to, so stay tuned for a summary of the questions so that we might continue the discussion.

The materials are available here.

Webinar: Scalable Innovative Financing for Smart Buildings

This webinar addresses some innovative financing mechanisms that have the potential to dramatically increase the volume of building renovation projects:
  • Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)
  • On-tax financing and on-bill financing
  • Crowd financing

You can watch the webinar here.

The Coalition for Energy Savings webinar: Energy Efficiency 2030 – Next steps for Member States

With the implementation of the Clean Energy package, EU Member States are moving into the next phase of energy efficiency policies, at a moment when citizens are increasingly aware of environmental challenges and keen on benefiting from policies which bring direct economic and social advantages.

The IPCC special report on 1.5°C global warming shows how urgently the EU must achieve carbon neutrality. A bold energy efficiency policy is the precondition for successful climate action. An ambitious policy gives businesses and investors a clear sense of direction and creates competitive innovation. It strengthens the European Union’s economic and geopolitical influence. And not least, it helps bring about a just transition that will ensure this generation leaves a healthier and more equitable planet behind.

By the end of 2019, Member States will have finalised their integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs), which will for the first time provide a comprehensive picture of national targets and policies for climate and energy. Fast-tracking efficiency in these NECPs will lead to huge benefits for all Europeans.

EU energy efficiency policies must be turned into action on the ground: in Member States, in cities and in people’s lives and businesses.

You can watch the webinar here and download the presentation here.

Leonardo Energy Webinar: Energy Consumption in Europe – why is it increasing and what are the policy implications?

Two years ago, the EU appeared to be well on the way to meeting its 2020 energy efficiency targets. 2014 final energy consumption was lower than in any year since the 1980s, and lower than the level required in 2020. Since then, energy consumption has risen in two consecutive years and looks set to have kept on increasing in 2017. If these short-term trends continue, the 2020 targets will be missed.

This webinar will analyse the drivers of recent increases in EU energy consumption, sector-by-sector; assess the likely short-term evolution of consumption; and invite participants to discuss the implications for policy makers.

You can listen to the webinar here and download the presentation here.