The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy. Read the full article on EurActiv
Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators. Read the full article on EurActiv
Europe’s ageing building stock needs large-scale energy efficiency renovation if the EU is to meet its climate and energy targets. Increased private investment would create jobs and help citizens save money, writes Luca Bertalot. Read the full article on EurActiv
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Lobbyists have drawn Heard in Europe’s attention to “some strange occurrences” in the LNG strategy communication that was unveiled by the European Commission on 16 February. Read the full article here
Article by Shradha Abt, Energy Efficiency Manager, Eurima in the European Energy Innovation Magazine, Winter 2015
An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today. Read full article here.
Energy efficiency has been identified as a central economic and environmental policy response to a series of challenges faced by Taiwan, including higher fossil fuel prices as a result of this week’s UN Climate Change Conference. See full article here.
Publica un informe en el que analiza varias soluciones disponibles para hacer frente a la renovación en términos de escala y eficiencia energética. See full article here (in Spanish)
L’Institut Européen pour la Performance des Bâtiments (BPIE) publie un rapport qui s’appuie sur différentes politiques réussies en matière de rénovation pour inspirer les futures mesures de rénovation énergétiques. See full article here (in French)
The review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) should include a renovation target with a focus on deep renovations, respondents have told a European Commission consultation http://www.endseurope.com/article/42009/?utm_source=09/11/2015&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ENDS%20Europe%20editorial%20bulletin.
Minimum renovation targets are "essential" to ensure that the law's goals are met. The law should aim for deep renovations that reduce energy demand by at least 70%, said Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).
Both the rate and depth of renovation must be considered to ensure a minimum renovation target moves the building stock as a whole towards a 'nearly zero energy' standard by 2050, said insulation manufacturers' association Eurima and energy efficient buildings lobby EuroAce.
NGOs said a definition for deep renovations is needed. They said that binding targets are required as the EU "has no track record of delivering complex change on the scale required for the energy transition without binding rules".
Respondents also called for a clearer definition of 'nearly zero energy buildings' (NZEB) at EU level. Member states are required to ensure that all new builds reach the standard by the end of 2020.
The current wording "leaves too much interpretation freedom for the member states" to decide on what concepts such as "a very low amount of energy required" or "renewable energy produced on-site or nearby" mean, said BPIE.
NGOs called for quantitative thresholds for buildings' energy performance. Clarification is also needed on how big the share of renewables covering any remaining energy needs should be, they said.
The 2010 directive states that the low amount of energy that highly energy efficient buildings will still require should be covered largely by renewable sources, including renewables produced on-site or nearby.
Electricity lobby Eurelectric argued that the law should clarify that building owners can choose whether to generate their own renewable energy or buy it from the grid.
"Renewable energy distributed through an efficient electricity grid or district heating system is as renewable as renewable energy generated on-site or nearby," it said.
But EuroACE argued that any remaining energy demand supplied by renewables should ensure that the building supplies as much energy to the grid as it take from it. Buildings should be made as energy efficient as possible as a priority before the inclusion of renewables, it said.
But district heating association Euroheat & Power argued that the NZEB targets are too focused on a consumer product approach. Minimum performance standards should account for the wider environment, including the availability of renewable and recoverable resources.
Respondents also supported making Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) mandatory for all buildings. Currently the certificates, evaluating a building's energy performance and recommending improvements, only need to be issued for buildings which are constructed, sold or rented out to a new tenant or large buildings occupied by a public authority.
The Coalition for Energy Savings and BPIE called for the EPCs to be transformed to "building passports" that will be updated throughout the life cycle of a building, including energy renovation activities.
EuroAce proposed setting a minimum EPC level for rental properties to effectively ban the renting out of worst-performing buildings.
Insulation manufacturers' lobby Eurima called for the directive to require the setting of caps on energy consumption from heating and cooling at national level, while EHPA called for thermal efficiency standards that are "ambitious and measurable".
The Commission plans to revise http://www.endseurope.com/article/44051/?utm_source=09/11/2015&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ENDS%20Europe%20editorial%20bulletin the EPBD as well as the Energy Efficiency Directive next year to extend them out to 2030.
Estimation of pollutant emission reductions due to increased building insulation. Comparison of annual simulations with an air-quality model with and without emission reductions. Emission reductions up to 9% for PM and 6.3% for SO2 in western Europe. Seasonally and regionally averaged mass concentration reductions up to 6.2% for SO2 and 3.6% for PM. Winter-time increase in ozone mass concentration. Full article here.
Background: In Europe a substantial share of the energy supply is used for domestic heating and cooling. The quality of building insulation thus significantly impacts air pollution. Objectives: To model the effects of an improved building insulation scenario in Europe on air pollution levels and the resulting effects on health and economy. Full article here.
The European Commission has consistently underestimated the economic benefits of energy efficiency policies for society, a new study showed on Monday.
EU member states currently use much lower 'discount rates' than the Commission to attribute value to future energy savings, according to consultancy Ecofys.
These rates have a "striking impact" on the evaluation of different climate and energy policy options, the study argued. Higher rates attribute less value to future savings, making policies supporting investments in energy efficiency appear less attractive, it said.
The EU should increase its 27% energy efficiency target for 2030 based on the "more realistic assumptions" used by most member states to evaluate the benefits of energy efficiency investments, said energy efficiency lobby Eceee, which commissioned the study.
The Commission has hinted http://www.endseurope.com/article/42137/ that it plans to propose raising the target to 30% as part of the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) next year.
Ecofys argued that discount rates should be addressed as a priority as the Energy Performance of Buildings and the Renewable Energy Directives are also up for review, with impact assessments planned.
The consultants found that the Commission's impact assessments of energy and climate policy options fail to differentiate between discount rates used to model individual investment decisions and those used to calculate the total cost of the energy system from a social perspective.
The Commission should consider calculating an EU-wide social discount rate to determine the annual total energy system costs, the consultants recommended. Society as a whole "has utterly different preferences, restrictions and time horizons" than individual investment decisions, they said, arguing that this should be reflected in differentiated discount rates.
This is likely to be in the range of 3-6% compared to the 17.5% the Commission used to evaluate the impacts of the 2030 climate and energy policy framework, according to the study.
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