|The Energy Union Governance A good tool to implement energy efficient building renovation policies
EuroACE welcomes developing a methodology to ensure progress by Member States when implementing energy efficiency legislation
Yesterday, on 26 November, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions on the governance system of the Energy Union, which will serve as a methodology to ensure that legislation, including on energy efficiency, is well implemented by Member States, and that agreed targets will be met. EuroACE encourages Member States to continue working and sharing best practices in order to deliver the Energy Union objectives and ambition for 2030.
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|The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive must become a key enabler for building renovation and lead to an nZEB-level building stock by 2050 - EuroACE responds to the public consultation on the EPBD
On 30 October 2015, EuroACE submitted its reply to the online questionnaire on the EPBD Consultation and issued a Position Paper on the topic. The Alliance called for the EPBD to do more for renovation and support the realisation of an nZEB-level building stock by 2050, e.g. via more holistic approach to renovation to maximise energy and economic gains, improved EPCs to evolve into proper work planning tools, and upskilling of the workforce. Also, the EPBD should be more thoroughly implemented, and supported by well-designed financing schemes. This will enable the EU to meet its objectives and to unleash the multiple benefits of building renovation, inter alia comfort, energy security, jobs, growth and resilience for a smooth energy transition.
More detailed information can be found in the EuroACE Reply to the Online Questionnaire as well as in a Position Paper, which are located on the EuroACE website, at
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|New requirements on public buildings: EuroACE calls Member States to seize this opportunity to kickstart the market for deep retrofits and calls for stronger governance in the Energy Union
On 9 July, two thresholds that push action in public buildings, one in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and one in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), will be lowered from 500m² to 250m². As the implementation of both the EED and the EPBD by Member States has proven challenging, this step towards more stringent provisions risks remaining unheeded, despite the benefits attached to these updated requirements. This underlines the need for a stronger governance architecture for the Energy Union, if it is to deliver its full potential and promises.
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|EuroACE “Quizzing the Stakeholders” at EUSEW, on renovating buildings to meet Energy Union goals
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On 17 June, EuroACE organised, together with the VELUX Group, its 4th edition of the “Quizzing the Stakeholders” event, in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This year, the session focused on how building renovation could help to fulfill the EU Energy Union goals, by delivering multiple benefits to the citizens, the companies and the national governments.
Moderated by Euractiv journalist James Crisp, the EuroACE / VELUX “Quizzing the Stakeholders” event was a success, with more than 120 participants. The original format of this conference, where every attendant can actively take part through quizzing questions, was highly appreciated, although it has put the stakeholders’ knowledge into question. In fact, a majority of respondents got the facts right only on half of the questions, and they were just a bit more than 50% to have the right answer on only two questions!
This conference was an opportunity to show how building renovation could help the EU to achieve its Energy Union targets, by delivering multiple benefits to the citizens, the companies and the governments. As a matter of fact, more energy efficient buildings could help decrease the EU energy dependence, create local jobs, improve health & comfort, decrease energy bills, and increase energy savings. The session also touched upon the opportunities for the financial sector to invest in energy efficiency in buildings.