Since the European Commission unveiled the Clean Energy for All Europeans package on 30 November 2016, including the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision, the alliance has consistently played a central role in shaping its contents. Through collective efforts we have actively contributed position papers, organized events, and proposed amendments — all available on our website.
Why do we need an ambitious final revision of the EPBD? Below are my three compelling reasons:
Energy and Emissions Impact: Buildings account for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. They stand as the largest energy consumers in Europe. To maintain our competitive edge while the clean energy transition reshapes global energy markets, we must act on buildings.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The EPBD represents the primary EU policy avenue for tackling both operational and embedded greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector. This approach will effectively decarbonize the EU building stock, boost the EU building sector’s competitiveness, create new employment opportunities, and support the research, development, and innovation of relevant technologies.
Sustainability Strategies: The final EPBD revision should incorporate sustainable strategies such as circularity, sufficiency, and the utilization of low-carbon and natural-based materials. These strategies are essential for reducing Whole Life Carbon emissions and ensuring the decarbonization of buildings. Phasing out fossil fuels from new heating and cooling systems across the EU must happen by 2030.
Stay tuned and join us to making a significant impact by reaching a deal on the Directive by the end of 2023.