EU-ASE at EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network: Towards Net Zero Energy in Buildings.

On 01 April 2021, EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni participated in the webinar series “Towards a net zero energy in buildings”. Ms Frassoni took the floor in the first volume of the webinar series, which focused on policies, regulations, finance mechanisms and business models.

The online workshops were organised by the  European Union Delegation to State of Kuwait, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The aim of these workshops was to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. It also discussed the challenges that the use of energy in the building sector in the EU and the GCC regions are facing and what can be done to transform them into business and economic opportunities.

This online events bought together policymakers, technology leaders, regulators, government representatives, and experts to debate the key challenges and opportunities by examining; policies and regulations, technology advancement, and current business models that could enable the ZNE buildings concept to emerge.

More information on the event here.

New EU buildings rules are crucial to deliver on climate targets

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) must recognise that buildings are a crucial energy infrastructure for Europe, writes Monica Frassoni, president of the European Alliance to Save Energy. By being highly efficient, they can reduce energy demand but also manage, store, and generate renewable energy, she argues.

Through the agreement on the European Climate Law, the European Union and Member States have committed to become a net-zero economy by 2050 and, on the way, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. Even if science says that the EU should go towards 65% GHG emissions reductions and the European Parliament had asked for 60%, the agreement is a step forward.

But can we deliver? Sure, but we need to be serious and unafraid to take the necessary step to abate emission in key sectors such as buildings.

I am not a number cruncher, but a couple of figures says it all. 75% of the current building stock is not efficient, and most of today’s buildings will still be in use in 30 years. Currently only 1% of the building stock undergoes energy renovations each year, so there is a tremendous gap between today’s reality and the EU’s climate ambitions.

In other words, we are lagging behind, and overcoming this problem implies making fundamental regulatory changes in EU energy legislation.

This is where the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) comes in. The EPBD is, in the European Commission plans, one of the legislative pillars to address energy performance and emission of the EU building stock.

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal, said in October 2020 that “at the present rate of restructuring and refurbishing our housing, we will not achieve the (EU climate) goals, we need to double that and that is what we want to do with the Renovation Strategy”, thus putting buildings at the centre of the European Green Deal.

 

Read the full article on EURACTIV

EU-ASE at Le sfide della transizione ecologica (Italy)

On 29 April 2021, president Monica Frassoni participated in the online event for the presentation of Edo Ronchi’s new book “Le sfide della transizione ecologica” hosted by Fondazione per lo sviluppo sostenibile in Italy.

Monica Frassoni underlined that there are still open questions in Europe: the Green Deal is not yet fully acquired, in the Climate Law there are still aspects to be improved and there are many uncertainties linked to the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities.

The debate was also attended by the mayor of Milan, Beppe Sala, MEP Simona Bonafè and Andrea Illy, President of the Regenerative Society Foundation.

Edo Ronchi, an engineer and politician, is one of the most influential campaigners for the ecological transition in Italy. Having served as Minister of Environment from 1996 to 2000 in three different cabinets, he was the first Green politician to hold a cabinet post in the country.

EE Global Forum 2021: Building Back Brighter

The numerous challenges and obstacles over the past year showcase that more than ever, the time is now to prioritise energy efficiency in our recovery plans. We are excited to partner with the Alliance to Save Energy for its EE Global Forum 2021 on May 4.

Every year, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum brings together the world’s leaders in energy efficiency to discuss pressing industry issues, identify emerging trends, and connect with peers from dozens of countries around the globe.

With the opportunity to accelerate economic recovery by investing in efficiency and creating an energy system that is more clean, equitable, and productive, this year’s Forum will focus on Building Back Brighter.

Register now for the May 4 virtual event.