Carbon pricing and buildings: A new trigger for the Renovation Wave?

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the CO2 emissions in the EU. To decarbonise this sector, the European Commission is considering introducing a carbon price. This workshop will look into the opportunities and challenges of this policy, looking at the German case as a first mover in Europe.  

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the CO2 emissions in the European Union. According to the Renovation Wave Communication, to achieve the 55% GHG emissions reduction target by 2030, the EU should reduce buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions by 60%. This can only be achieved by at least doubling the renovation rate as soon as possible. In addition to a substantial recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the European Commission is also considering to review the Emissions Trading System, including an extension to buildings. The “Fit for 55” package announced for July 2021 will likely see a proposal to cover sectors such as buildings and road transport by an emissions trading scheme. In the context of the building sector, however, some particularities require thorough assessment, such as the low price-elasticity of energy demand, the ownership structure of buildings, and the split incentives dilemma. So what should be the contribution of a carbon price in the policy mix for a decarbonised building sector? Can it trigger a Renovation Wave and a switch to fully renewable heating? What needs to be kept in mind when designing a new carbon pricing scheme for buildings?  

This workshop that we co-organise with the the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF), will dive into the subject of carbon pricing in buildings by looking at lessons from Germany, where a recently launched carbon pricing scheme for buildings is hotly debated. 

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EU-ASE at launch of EASAC Report on the Decarbonisation of Buildings

On 2 June 2021, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy Monica Frassoni participated in the panel discussion for the launch of the report “Decarbonisation of buildings: for climate, health and jobs” by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The webinar gathered policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders to discuss the main findings of the report, offering recommendations for the EU, Member States and local authorities to activate the wave of buildings renovations. 

Among the panelists were representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as of the European Investment Bank, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe and Housing Europe.

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EU’s climate action does not need fossil distractions

Climate is high on the agenda of this week’s meeting with European Union heads of states and governments. What is not really certain is if the Council will manage to keep a united and determined front ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.

by Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)

The problem the EU faces, as most other developed economies, is that behind climate ambitions and political declarations, the numbers do not add up. Too much time and resources are lost in the attempt to go around a basic reality that only a few days ago was clearly stated with no possibility of misunderstanding in the International Energy Agency’s new report, Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: we need to stop investing in fossil fuels now.

That includes new gas pipelines, as well as grey and blue hydrogen. We must stop hiding behind the magic word ‘transition’ to prolong our still enormous dependence on natural gas, coal and oil. We need to invest and dedicate the massive amount of public resources that are available at all levels to help all of us to go green: this is no ethical issue. It is a sound economic, social and environmental choice, as it gives a real perspective to our industries and workers to stay competitive and to look to the future with trust. In other words, accelerating the green transformation is a very good news for Europe’s citizens, businesses and the environment.

In December 2020, in light of the EU’s commitment to increase its climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement, EU leaders endorsed a common target to reduce the bloc’s net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990-levels by 2030 and confirmed the goal to become the first climate neutral region by 2050. This was a substantial step up from the previous 2030 target of cutting emissions by 40% and can be considered a result of pressure from scientific communities, public opinion and media to raise awareness and the sense of urgency on the major global risk represented by climate change.

 

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EU-ASE at 6th EEMI Bauhaus webinar

On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy Monica Frassoni participated in the 6th edition of the EEMI Bauhaus series, co-hosted of the Energy Efficient Mortgage Initiative (EEMI) and the EMF-ECBC.

Her intervention covered the role that the EU Taxonomy can play, in the broader framework of the European Green Deal, to change, for the better, the political and economic perspectives of economic stakeholders in the EU and globally. Other speakers included Ligia Bodgan, Senior Manager Global Solutions Future Energy Home & eMobility at E.ON, Vincent Mahieu, Head Energy Efficiency & Regulatory Technology at Hypoport, and Hendrik Jan Luikinga , Chief Investment Officer at Woonnu.

The aim of the EEMI Bauhaus is to stimulate and facilitate cross-sectoral brainstorming on the design of a new Industry value chain, bringing together digitalisation and sustainability in support of the development of Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM).

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EU-ASE at Recovery Fund e Green Deal: quale transizione energetica per l’UE (Italy)

On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy Monica Frassoni took part in the webinar “Recovery Fund e Green Deal: quale transizione energetica per la Ue?” organised by Eunews, an Italian media reporting on political affairs of the European Union.

In her intervention, Monica Frassoni mentioned the importance of setting European and national energy and climate targets. She also underlined the key role to attract green investments that will be played by the Taxonomy, the EU classification system for sustainable investments, and the Fit for 55 legislative package that the European Commission is preparing to present on 14 July.

 The other speakers were Martina Nardi, Member of the Italian Parliament and President of the Committee on Productive Activities; MEP Massimiliano Salini (EPP), Member of the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament; and Hans Van Steen, Adviser: Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency, Dg Energy, European Commission.

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