This week’s briefs

This week there are several important new reports. One of the reports will be launched at a Webinar on June 2nd.

 

• Webinar / Report launch: Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock

Not to miss: June 2nd from 15:00 to 16:00 CET: Webinar Launch of OpenExp report entitled “Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock: Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

How to transform the building stock from being an energy waster to being a positive element in the EU energy system and the EU economy? Do the EU’s climate and energy targets meet the needs and expectations of the energy renovation market in the EU? How to maximise on 2016 as the ‘year of delivery for the Energy Union’ to achieve coherent and mutually reinforcing legislation in future legislative reviews for buildings? How to ensure coherence with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Energy Union Strategy Framework?

The report presents for the first time an estimate of the energy renovation market. It shows that the emerging renovation market in Europe has been so far mainly driven by governmental support to the economic recovery. This early conclusion is confirmed by the analyses of the 14 EU instruments (EED, EPBD and the cost-optimality regulation, RED, ECODESIGN and labelling directives, ESD, ETS, MMR, Internal Market Directives for gas and electricity, MFF, State Aid regulations, EUROSTAT accounting rules) aiming at reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions of the buildings.

The report was commissioned by Renovate Europe and eceee.

You can register for the event here.

 

• Energy Efficiency Watch reports

Despite considerable progress in the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies since 2011, more is needed if the EU is to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets. This is the conclusion of an exhaustive set of reports on EU and national policy implementation released this week from the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project [http://www.energy-efficiency-watch.org/index.php?id=5]. The exhaustive research highlights both progress and lack of action.

The reports that include a large expert survey report together with 28 country reports are available here.

 

• New briefing note from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) – Buildings as micro energy-hubs delivering climate solutions

Buildings are more than just stand-alone units using energy from the grid. They are becoming micro energy-hubs consuming, producing, storing and supplying energy more flexibly than before.

Buildings increasingly interact with the energy system and have the potential to take up an important role in the power-supply system stability by becoming micro energy hubs which generate energy with renewables, provide storage for electric and thermal energy and deliver demand response. They can help balance the grid with demand management and could play a leading role in transforming the EU energy market, shifting from centralised, fossil-fuel based, national systems towards a decentralised, renewable, interconnected and variable system. This BPIE Briefing digs into the topic and provides recommendations on how to unlock the transition and mitigate its side effects.

The briefing note can downloaded here.

 

• New BPIE report – Accelerating the renovation of the Bulgarian building stock

A new analysis sets out a long-term roadmap for further development of the Bulgarian renovation programme for multi-family buildings. Following the implementation of the programme’s first phase, the analysis argues for a shift in focus towards achieving higher energy classes, reducing at the same time the level of public subsidy in a measured and manageable manner.

full cover BG report 2016The study reaffirms that deep retrofitting to high energy efficiency classes is economically more beneficial than “shallow” renovation. It goes further by supporting the concept of “step-by-step” renovation, leading ultimately to a class A or nearly Zero-Energy Building. Such a phased implementation would prevent the “lock-in” effect of shallow renovations, which might deliver “quick wins” in terms of energy saving, but ultimately hamper the achievement of the full potential for economic, social and environmental benefits.

Several scenarios to 2030 were modelled, from which the writers conclude that reducing subsidies to around 75% is possible now. By strengthening further support measures, subsidies could ultimately be reduced to around 25%. In doing so, funding could reach many more citizens, improving their homes and increasing their quality of life.

In order to facilitate increased financial contributions from homeowners, simple and attractive financing mechanisms and incentives – appropriate to the needs of residents – need to be developed. These should be accompanied by other non-financial measures such as awareness-raising campaigns, building capacity throughout the supply chain and developing standardised solutions to bring costs down. Simplified procedures and measures to help homeowners through the application process will also reduce barriers and costs.

This study was carried out by an international team of organisations. The overall coordination was carried out by BPIE and the Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect – Sofia with the support of the European Climate Foundation, in close cooperation with Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) and “Za Zemiata” – Sofia.

The report in English is available here.

 

 

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