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Key energy stakeholders urge the Commission to boost the decarbonisation of the EU building stock

Together with 12 associations leading the energy transitions, the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) is calling on the European Commission to boost the decarbonisation of the EU building stock through an ambitious revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Buildings are a key part of the energy system, but most of them are energy inefficient and 75 per cent of buildings’ energy consumption is still based on fossil fuels. The revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is a make or break occasion to decarbonise a sector that has to cut its emissions by 60 per cent by 2030. 

In a joint letter addressed to Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy and to Frans Timmermans, First Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, the EU-ASE is urging the Commission to ensure that the EPBD revision leads the way to make our buildings energy efficient, renewables-based, flexible and integrated with the energy system. 

To support this objective, the co-signatories recommend applying the Energy Efficiency First Principle (EE1st) to stimulate renovations aiming at highly energy-efficient, renewable-based and flexible buildings integrated into the increasingly variable energy system. This holistic approach to the implementation of the EE1st principle leads to multiple benefits such as emissions reductions, grid optimisation and system efficiency. It also delivers tangible benefits to citizens, including the most vulnerable ones, strengthens the EU’s clean energy industrial leadership, boosts local job creation and economic recovery.

Signatories are also calling to ensure all new buildings are both highly efficient and renewable-based from 2025 onwards. Furthermore, it must be introduced a binding target on EU Member States to reach annual integrated renovations of at least 3 per cent per year and mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for all existing buildings to accelerate the rate and depth of renovations.  

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