Keeping cool in summer and warm in winter requires a substantial amount of energy. And as every household knows, maintaining a comfortable home temperature is an increasingly expensive business.
Combine home energy bills with those of commercial and public buildings and the wider societal costs of maintaining an ideal indoor climate become apparent. Buildings now account for over 40% of the EU’s total energy bill. The environmental cost is equally huge, with buildings being responsible for 36% of Europe’s CO2 emissions.
Clearly, something has to give. Energy is probably the single most important policy challenge; Europe needs to act.
EU leaders have put energy policy at the centre of their strategic plan to help Europe recover from the global financial crisis and to promote economic growth. Secure and reliable sources of energy are needed and we must step up efforts to use energy in a more sustainable way.
European Heads of State agreed, in March 2007, to a legally binding and unilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 20% by 2020 for the EU. The question is no longer should it be done, but simply how will it be done.
Climate change and energy security are two sides of the same coin. The same remedies must be applied to both challenges.
The solution starts with saving energy, and our building stock should be making the greatest contribution.
The good news is that innovative and well-proven energy efficiency systems, such as mineral wool insulation , are making a major contribution to tackling climate change, reducing energy use and improving home comfort.
Eurima and its members are committed to delivering buildings with better energy efficiency. With smart policymaking, very low or zero energy buildings can become the norm, European jobs can be created and we can all spend less on energy bills whilst contributing to a better environment.