Energy performance of buildings – eceee
Improving the energy performance of Europe’s buildings is one of the priority areas for energy efficiency policy in the EU. Nearly 40% of final energy consumption is in houses, public and private offices, shops and other buildings.
As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission plans a revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to help deliver on the EU’s increased climate ambition for 2030 and 2050.
In the Fit for 55 package (view more under policy pages; link), a separate new emissions trading system is set up for fuel distribution for road transport and buildings, to address the lack of emissions reductions in road transport and buildings. Elements of the Fit for 55 package, related to buildings include:
Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.
The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40% of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry.
The public sector will be required to renovate 3% of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.