Tagged with EU policies

Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate

Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate

Having avidly read the Commission’s clean energy package documents at the end of last year (OK, so I admit, not every page but all of the important stuff from a buildings perspective) I am now reading the briefings and recommendations on changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive … Continue reading

Britain’s sustainable energy transition

Britain’s sustainable energy transition

This coming week, the UK will be formally notifying the EU of its decision to leave. The “divorce” is not simple, there has been much hostility raised about the “interference” of EU directives, and there are many issues about what energy efficiency legislation makes sense to retain. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency … Continue reading

The Brussels Winter Package whirlwind

The Brussels Winter Package whirlwind

The European Commission’s clean energy – or ‘winter’ – package is producing a whirlwind of activity in its approval process. I have seen it at first hand over the past few weeks, at meetings, workshops and conferences reviewing impact assessments, addressing energy efficiency financing, and discussing the central role of consumers in the winter package. … Continue reading

New report by BPIE assesses readiness of EU countries in their transition to smart buildings

New report by BPIE assesses readiness of EU countries in their transition to smart buildings

Europe is gripped in the trend towards improving our buildings and infrastructure through “smart” techniques. The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has recently published a report assessing how prepared EU member states are for this transition.   European countries are missing smart buildings opportunities Analysis by the on the readiness of EU countries to transition … Continue reading

European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

Fourteen months ago, there was global agreement to raise the ambition of our energy and climate policies in order to significantly reduce the impact of climate change. Improved energy efficiency was seen as a major element in meeting those goals. That was before Britain voted to leave the European Union. Now, Andrew Warren, Chairman of … Continue reading

Energy advice update

Energy advice update

Consumers should be at the centre of EU energy in buildings policy. Active and engaged consumers are essential for Europe to achieve its ambition to move to a low carbon, secure and competitive economy. The EU policy package to date barely provides for consumer support for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, in the form … Continue reading

Recognising industry’s contribution to clean energy

Recognising industry’s contribution to clean energy

The European Commission has published its proposals for the contribution of clean energy in meeting the EU’s obligations for the Paris climate agreement. Published on 30 November, the “winter package” is appropriately entitled “Clean Energy for All Europeans”. The Communication proposes a binding target for energy saving for 2030 and it includes recommendations to adapt … Continue reading