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Position Paper: Review of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) recast 2010/31/EU

As part of its mission, Eurima promotes energy efficiency in buildings. As our energy system faces a transition, EU buildings legislation must continue to enable structural and sustainable solutions such as mineral wool insulation, which can ensure the overall efficiency of a building over its entire lifespan. 

The role of the buildings sector is pivotal to delivering an Energy Union and ensuring that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. Buildings are responsible for the largest share of European final energy consumption (40%) and they represent the greatest potential to save energy, reduce our energy dependence, shrink our carbon footprint, tackle fuel poverty, and lower our household energy bills. Addressing this sector proactively through targeted policies and measures brings enormous short – medium – and long term benefits for consumers, business and government alike. 

The key to delivering these benefits is renovation of the existing building stock. This requires a threefold approach: an EU renovation strategy with appropriate regulatory signals (on objectives and performance), increased visibility for renovation (and its benefits) and long term financial incentives. 

Eurima believes the EPBD is an instrumental piece of legislation to improve efficiency of buildings and to drive a concerted renovation effort over the next decades. The EPBD has a key role to play in facilitating the transformation of the EU building stock into “nearly zero energy buildings’ (NZEB) levels by 2050. 

This position paper complements the response Eurima has provided to the EPBD stakeholder consultation on 30 October 2015.