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Working Paper: Current financial and fiscal incentive programmes for sustainable energy in buildings from across Europe


16 Sep 2009

Brussels, September 2009

The latest survey from EuroACE provides an overview of the existing financial and fiscal incentive programmes to promote energy efficiency in buildings currently in place in the following EEA Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is currently being recast. A final text is in negotiation between the Council, European Parliament and European Commission. One of the key areas on which the institutions have still to find agreement is on the financing aspect of sustainable buildings.

EuroACE believes that it is essential to the success of the Directive that provisions on how Member States intend to finance the upgrading of their building stock are incorporated into the final recast text.

EuroACE is calling for a requirement in the EPBD recast for Member States to introduce financial instruments, which should be linked to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), within Action Plans covering financing the move to very low energy buildings to be submitted by 2011.

The full paper can be downloaded from the EuroACE website at

For further information:

Amanda Afifi Andrew Warren

EU Affairs Manager Political Advisor
Tel. +32 (0) 2 639 10 10 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7359 80 00
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Note to Editors:

EuroACE was formed in 1998 by twenty of Europe’s leading companies involved with the manufacture, distribution and installation of energy saving goods and services. EuroACE members have a total turnover of 140 billion euros and employ 328,000 people. The mission of EuroACE is to work together with the European institutions to help Europe move towards a more sustainable pattern of energy use in buildings, thereby contributing to Europe’s commitments on climate change, job creation and energy security.


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