|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.
|Multiple Benefits of Renovating Buildings Demonstrated at Interactive Event
Brussels, 17th June 2015
Multiple Benefits of Renovating Buildings Demonstrated at Interactive Event
As part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week High-Level Policy Conference, EuroACE organises on Wednesday 17th June 2015 an interactive event in cooperation with its member company The VELUX Group, entitled “Quizzing the Stakeholders: Renovating Buildings to Meet Energy Union Goals Maximising the Multiple Benefits for EU Citizens”. Emphasis is placed at this year’s event, now a firm fixture in EUSEW, on the potential of deep energy renovation of the building stock to ensure that the achievement of long term EU goals is of maximum benefit to the EU economy and society.
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|3% Renovation of Public Buildings: Member States fail to kickstart the market
A Report published today by the Coalition for Energy Savings “Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: Analysis of Member States plans to implement Article 5” reveals loopholes in implementation and a lack of political will to boost the renovation of central government buildings across the EU.
Out of the 28 EU Member States, 11 chose to implement Article 5 by adopting the default approach by renovating 3% of the total floor area for the buildings listed in their published inventory, and 17 by adopting the alternative approach (see Press Release Annex for map).
“The main objective of Article 5 is for the public sector, which has full control over its buildings, to lead by example and act as an important trigger to stimulate market transformation” explained Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE. “National governments should be setting the example for regional and local governments, and opening up the market for the residential and commercial building stock. Instead, Member States have reported confused or limited information, and no clear plan on renovations to be undertaken to achieve the required energy savings.”
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|Better Regulation: Better Buildings lead to Better Results
The Commission Communication on Better Regulation for Better Results can and should be used as an opportunity to create a stable and long-term EU policy framework for ambitious energy efficiency in buildings, both new and existing. Building efficiency renovations lead to a better economy in so many ways – more local jobs, cost savings, increased energy security, lower emissions, better indoor climate, lower fuel poverty – that it has to be a policy area driven by ambitious EU legislation! The current low ambition in new targets and lack of implementation and enforcement of existing rules equals bad governance of our common building stock.
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