|EuroACE Informal Session at C4E Forum: successful discussion around EPBD Review
On 24th June, EuroACE held an Informal Session entitled “If I had a hammer - How to do better at EU level for EPBD & EED reviews to deliver jobs & growth for CEE countries?”, in the framework of the first edition of the C4E Forum organised in Bulgaria. The Forum brought together around 175 professionals and those interested in energy efficiency in buildings from governments, industry, NGOs, think-tanks and financial institutions, in order to build a community around this topic in Central and Eastern Europe.
The EuroACE Informal Session gathered around 25 participants from all over Europe and was the opportunity for EuroACE to present the results of its recent series of workshops that discussed how to improve the EPBD. The Session allowed for in-depth discussions on what would be the best ways to improve energy efficiency legislation at EU level in order to have the biggest impact in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in terms of job creation, competitiveness and restoring growth.
The event included presentations from Adrian JOYCE (EuroACE Secretary General), Céline CARRE (Saint-Gobain and EuroACE Vice-President), Hélène SIBILEAU (EuroACE Policy Officer), Jens LAUSTSEN (EPBD Concerted Action Coordinator) and Yamina SAHEB (Senior Energy Policy Analyst from OpenExp). Presentations can be found here.
New contacts for further collaboration and sharing new innovative ideas were established between EU, national and local energy efficiency and buildings experts.
|European Parliament sends clear message to the Commission: building renovation must be a priority!
On 23rd June, the European Parliament Plenary approved an own-initiative report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (PIEPER Report), calling the European Commission to include strong provisions on building renovation in its upcoming energy efficiency reviews in October.
After being approved in the ITRE Committee on 24th May, the PIEPER Report, an own-initiative report monitoring the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive, was approved in the European Parliament Plenary with 253 votes in favor, 193 votes against, and 46 abstentions.
“We welcome the fact that the European Parliament has taken a robust position on energy renovation of buildings, ahead of the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposals in October”, stated Susanne DYRBOEL, President of EuroACE. Industry needs a clear signal, i.e. that actions to improve energy efficiency, in particular energy renovations of buildings, are an EU priority. Renovation is a true engine for local jobs and growth, especially in SMEs, that will ensure that the EU keeps a strong industrial base in the next decades.
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|EuroACE releases its EPBD Workshop Series Summary Booklet
2016 is an important year for energy efficiency legislation at EU level, with the upcoming revisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). In this regard, EuroACE organised, in the first quarter of the year, a series of workshops which discussed policy evaluations, expectations, and possible ways forward for energy efficiency legislation, in order to set a more solid framework for building renovation. Today and ahead of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, discover the main take-aways from our workshops in the Summary Booklet.
The document addresses key questions like
- How to address the existing buildings challenge?
- How to improve Energy Performance Certificates?
- How to unlock financing for energy efficient buildings and building renovation?
- How to move to nZEB level building stock at EU level by 2050 and develop Smart Buildings?
To read the Summary Booklet, click here.
|National Building Renovation Strategies: a 'tick-the-box' exercise on paper will not deliver jobs and growth!
In March 2016, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published its analysis of the national long-term building renovation strategies, drawn by the Member States in accordance with the Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Even though the report points out at important gaps in the strategies, a too generous rating scale has been adopted, leaving the wrong impression that Member States are on track to deliver. EuroACE calls for a more realistic and in-depth assessment of the national strategies in order to improve them, not only on paper, but also their implementation on the ground. This is the only way to deliver jobs and growth to the European consumers.
The full Press Release is available here.