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Insulation: Powering an Energy Efficient and Competitive Europe

Europe is currently facing a range of challenges that may seem hard to overcome: we need to boost sluggish economic growth, fight unemployment, reduce our reliance on imports for over half our energy need– and do all this without compromising our climate and energy goals.

How to tackle all these challenges? Insulation is ready to do the job!

Tackling Europe’s energy trilemma begins with putting energy efficiency first. Buildings represent 40% of the EU’s final energy use and some 36% of its CO2 emissions. Moreover, 70% of our building stock will still be around in 2050 –we therefore need to start with saving energy where the biggest potential is! Not only can deep renovation of the current building stock cut our annual energy loss by 270€ billion a year but it can also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 460 million tonnes per year - that is more than the EU’s total commitment under the Kyoto Protocol. 

Proper insulation has multiple benefits: it is an easy, fast and affordable way to cut emissions, reduce energy dependency and boost Europe’s economy by renovating our building stock. Mineral wool insulation has exceptional thermal properties and is a sustainable choice.

Cutting the energy demand in buildings is a crucial step towards lowering dependence on energy imports and fossil fuels and making our buildings more energy efficient will generate millions of jobs,  and can play a key role in putting Europe back to work.

Investing in renovation also makes good sense from a financial point of view. Insulated buildings have significantly lower energy bills, better indoor air quality and on the whole provide more comfort! It is estimated that energy efficiency improvements in buildings can bring annual health benefits worth 5-8 billion Euros[1].

[1] Copenhagen Economics report & Renovate Europe campaign