New report from BPIE flags ‘make-or-break’ opportunity for climate-neutral buildings in Europe

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the next of the EU’s energy efficiency directives to be revised this year as part of the European Green Deal, the “Fit for 55” package and the Renovation Wave initiative.

The new report, The make or break decade: Making the EPBD fit for 2030, from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) highlights that now is a make-or-break opportunity to make the EPBD ‘fit for 2030’ and ensure that the buildings sector contributes significantly to the overall EU-wide target to more than halve emissions by 2030.

Given the recent 6th assessment report from the IPCC, the new revised EPBD needs to be significantly more ambitious. The revision should at once ensure the buildings sector will contribute to the achievement of the updated 2030 climate target, and make the EPBD a milestone towards reaching climate-neutrality by 2050. This means reaching an annual 3% deep renovation rate and a 60% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030. BPIE stresses that achieving this requires a comprehensive – as opposed to ‘cherry picking’ – legislative review.

BPIE’s vision for the EPBD includes a people-centred approach that supports energy-poor, low- and middle-income households; the integration of whole-life carbon considerations next to the Energy Efficiency First principle; and building performance requirements guided by climate neutrality rather than cost optimality.

You can download the briefing here.

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