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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Wide coalition of stakeholders spells out expectations on “Fit for 55” package

Ahead of the European Council’s discussion on 25 May about the new climate and energy legislation (so called Fit for 55 Package), EU-ASE joined with European businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities and NGOs calling upon EU decision makers to ensure that the upgraded climate and energy legislation increases the EU’s climate ambition to the highest possible level.

Signed by 50 organisations, the joint letter highlights that “If the European Green Deal is the EU’s growth strategy, the new climate and energy legislation should be its engine”. Based on this principle, the letter calls upon the EU Heads of State to further step up the EU’s climate action by expanding the scope of the EU 2030 target. It also urges EU decision makers to strengthen the Emission Trading System and to maintain and increase nationally binding targets under the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) covering emissions from road transport, buildings and agriculture and waste.

Finally, the letter reminds the importance of increasing targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency in line with higher climate ambition and ensuring that they are binding, and concludes by highlighting the need to have full synergy between climate and energy legislation and other EU targets, policies and measures.

Stakeholders representing over 2.700 cities, 330 regions, investors with over €37tn in assets, more than 1.100 companies and 390 NGOs, emphasise the importance of creating synergy between the “Fit for 55” Package and national, local and regional EU funding opportunities in order to send a strong signal that EU funds will support the implementation of the EU’s enhanced climate objectives.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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