European Green Building Councils urge Europe not to ignore its renovation potential

Thursday 30th November 2017

 

Green Building Councils from across Europe are urging their governments to champion strong EU policy – particularly around building renovation - that helps to deliver on global climate change goals.

GBCs from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Slovenia have written to their national governments highlighting their expert view that failing to accelerate the rate of renovation puts Europe at risk of falling short of commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.

The call comes as negotiations on a key piece of EU legislation, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), continue, with a concern across Europe that the position of the European Council (representing Ministers from Member States) will weaken key aspects of the EPBD.

The current position contradicts the key arguments outlined in the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council’s recent position paper on the EPBD.

In particular, GBCs raised their concerns that the European Council’s approach undermines many of the strong elements in the European Parliament’s position which GBCs support. Such elements include:

  • Clarifying the long-term vision through the definition of a decarbonised building stock in line with the efficiency first principle;
  • Strong national renovation strategies to transform and future proof our building stock by 2050 to help achieve long-term climate and energy goals, including concrete milestones for 2030 and 2040, measurable progress indicators and alignment with the overall energy efficiency target;
  • Stakeholder platforms for renovation strategies; and
  • The evolution of Energy Performance Certificates towards a Building Renovation Passport (BRP).

The EU-funded BUILD UPON project has given GBCs a unique perspective on the role that renovation strategies can play in delivering climate goals. As part of BUILD UPON, GBCs across Europe have worked alongside a network of over 2,000 expert organisations, supporting governments to establish robust renovation strategies that can unlock the energy saving potential in their buildings.

GBCs have offered to use their expertise to work with their governments to make renovation a priority. They also reminded them of the wide network of expert organisations willing to support design and implementation of the renovation strategies, with over 300 organisations  backing a call for stronger renovation strategies, and stressed the need to formally engage these organisations via stakeholder platforms.

For more information, contact: europe@worldgbc.org

 

Green Building Councils from across Europe are urging their governments to champion strong EU policy – particularly around building renovation - that helps to deliver on global climate change goals.

GBCs from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Slovenia have written to their national governments highlighting their expert view that failing to accelerate the rate of renovation puts Europe at risk of falling short of commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.

The call comes as negotiations on a key piece of EU legislation, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), continue, with a concern across Europe that the position of the European Council (representing Ministers from Member States) will weaken key aspects of the EPBD.

The current position contradicts the key arguments outlined in the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council’s recent position paper on the EPBD.

In particular, GBCs raised their concerns that the European Council’s approach undermines many of the strong elements in the European Parliament’s position which GBCs support. Such elements include:

  • Clarifying the long-term vision through the definition of a decarbonised building stock in line with the efficiency first principle;
  • Strong national renovation strategies to transform and future proof our building stock by 2050 to help achieve long-term climate and energy goals, including concrete milestones for 2030 and 2040, measurable progress indicators and alignment with the overall energy efficiency target;
  • Stakeholder platforms for renovation strategies; and
  • The evolution of Energy Performance Certificates towards a Building Renovation Passport (BRP).

The EU-funded BUILD UPON project has given GBCs a unique perspective on the role that renovation strategies can play in delivering climate goals. As part of BUILD UPON, GBCs across Europe have worked alongside a network of over 2,000 expert organisations, supporting governments to establish robust renovation strategies that can unlock the energy saving potential in their buildings.

GBCs have offered to use their expertise to work with their governments to make renovation a priority. They also reminded them of the wide network of expert organisations willing to support design and implementation of the renovation strategies, with over 300 organisations  backing a call for stronger renovation strategies, and stressed the need to formally engage these organisations via stakeholder platforms.

For more information, contact: europe@worldgbc.org