European Green Building Councils urge governments for strong commitment on renovation

Friday 26th May 2017

 

Green Building Councils across Europe have written to their Energy Ministers to advocate for a stronger vision for building renovation, as proposed revisions to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) are debated by EU member states.

GBCs including Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Sweden outlined their expert view that renovation strategies are key to coordinating existing efforts and initiatives, which are currently misaligned and underperforming in terms of tackling key market barriers. 

 In particular, they urged ministers to advocate for the following elements when discussing revisions to the Directive:

  • Clarification on the contribution of building renovation to a decarbonised building stock and to the overall EU energy efficiency target.
  • National renovation strategies should set clear targets for 2050 to help achieve long-term climate and energy goals; they should include concrete milestones for 2030 to set a clear direction of travel; and they should set out key performance indicators to track and encourage progress of the strategy.

GBCs reminded governments of the wide network of expert organisations willing to support design and implementation of the renovation strategies, with over 300 organisations recently backing a call for stronger renovation strategies, and stressed the need to formally engage these organisations.

Importantly, GBCs cautioned that the ambitions of the Paris Agreement would not be achieved without their governments advocating for a stronger role for building renovation strategies in the EPBD. 

To find out more about BUILD UPON's European Renovation Revolution, click here.

 

Green Building Councils across Europe have written to their Energy Ministers to advocate for a stronger vision for building renovation, as proposed revisions to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) are debated by EU member states.

GBCs including Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Sweden outlined their expert view that renovation strategies are key to coordinating existing efforts and initiatives, which are currently misaligned and underperforming in terms of tackling key market barriers. 

 In particular, they urged ministers to advocate for the following elements when discussing revisions to the Directive:

  • Clarification on the contribution of building renovation to a decarbonised building stock and to the overall EU energy efficiency target.
  • National renovation strategies should set clear targets for 2050 to help achieve long-term climate and energy goals; they should include concrete milestones for 2030 to set a clear direction of travel; and they should set out key performance indicators to track and encourage progress of the strategy.

GBCs reminded governments of the wide network of expert organisations willing to support design and implementation of the renovation strategies, with over 300 organisations recently backing a call for stronger renovation strategies, and stressed the need to formally engage these organisations.

Importantly, GBCs cautioned that the ambitions of the Paris Agreement would not be achieved without their governments advocating for a stronger role for building renovation strategies in the EPBD. 

To find out more about BUILD UPON's European Renovation Revolution, click here.