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EUSEW: PU Europe calls for ambitious EPBD implementation

Date

24 Mar 2010

Sections

Energy

Speaking at the conference on energy efficiency in buildings organised by DG Energy during the European Sustainable Energy Week on 23rd March 2010, PU Europe stressed the need for real ambition in the EPBD implementation.

Background:
The conference “From recast to reality - Public authorities leading the way to more energy efficient buildings” brought together key stakeholders from the building sector and national authorities to discuss the opportunities and challenges relating to the implementation of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

On behalf of PU Europe, Oliver Loebel stated, “The success of the EPBD implementation largely depends on the commitment of Member States to achieve maximum energy savings. If there is a lack of will, the directive provides sufficient loopholes to avoid realising the full cost-effective savings potential”.

To make the recast EPBD a success, Member States should start immediately with its implementation. Transitional targets for new buildings need to be set and cost-optimal levels determined. A permanent dialogue with the construction supply chain and building owners and users is of the utmost importance with a view to avoiding skills gaps and explain the benefits of the directive. Last but not least, appropriate incentive measures need to be established to overcome the problem of upfront financing.

“The real challenge however is refurbishment. The current renovation rate of 1.2% means that it will take 90 years before the EU building stock is completely upgraded – a period of time that is too long if the European Union is to reach its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.” Loebel concluded.

For more details, please contact

PU Europe

Email: secretariat@pu-europe.eu           

Website: www.pu-europe.eu

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