New report shows gaps in gaps in EU Energy Efficiency Directive renovation strategies

This year, the European Commission will be providing its recommendations for changes in the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive following a recent consultation. One of the important articles concerns Member States obligation to prepare long-term renovation strategies.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission recently published an analysis about the Member States renovation strategies as required by Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The JRC used the scoring methodology developed by BPIE in its 2014 analysis. The report confirms to a large degree analysis from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe and concludes that only ten of the national strategies are fully compliant (Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom). Six of the strategies are not compliant (Austria, Belgium Flanders, Belgium Wallonia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Portugal).

The JRC report is available here.

 

5 thoughts on “New report shows gaps in gaps in EU Energy Efficiency Directive renovation strategies

  1. As the JRC is part of the European Commission, I would like to believe that , in consequence, DGEnergy would use this evidence to begin infraction procedures immediately against those Member State governments not in compliance. But past experience reveals an alarming reluctance by the European Commission to carry out this role, which is important its most important. Why spend time revising directives when the original laws are not yet being implemented fully?

  2. It is equally disturbing to read that the UK is placed in the category “Fully compliant strategies and Best practices”. Many of the apparent justifications for a good mark for the UK were officially abandoned by its new administration during 2015: the Green Deal was scrapped and the Energy Company Obligation has been pared down. Even the zero carbon policies for new dwellings and buildings have been abandoned. Meanwhile, compliance with the regulations applying to building renovation is often failing to deliver the desired actual energy performance outcomes.

    • Yes, Robert, it is disturbing. It makes you wonder about the quality of the review. I would like to see something like international experts come to UK for a peer-review of UK energy efficiency policies related to buildings. It would be good to see something like this done through eceee or even UK ACE. But we need a wake up call.

  3. Pingback: Monitoring progress of the national building renovation strategies | Energy in Demand - Sustainable Energy - Rod Janssen

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