Revision of the energy performance of buildings directive

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Practical information

Administrator: António RIBEIRO PEREIRA, Assistant: Jacqueline NYEMA 

Foreseen for the EESC Section: 04 March 2022 (tbc)

Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 23-24 March 2022 (tbc)

Gist of the Commission document 

The Commission wants to revise the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) in the context of the European Green Deal ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The EC wants to approach ways in which building renovation can be boosted – not only in terms of the number of renovation projects, but also in trying to achieve deeper renovation. It also addresses how to attain a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050 and how to enable more accessible and affordable financing for building renovation under the recovery and resilience plans using the €750 billion funds in the recovery package.

In 2020, the Commission presented its ‘Renovation Wave’ strategy to boost energy renovation of buildings in the EU. It set out the goal of at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030, and highlighted the need for the necessary regulatory, financing and enabling measures to achieve this. Revising the EPBD is central to adapting the regulatory framework, and will follow on from a wide range of proposals in the ‘Fit for 55’ package.