Power Engineering International
The European Council reached an agreement on a proposal to revise the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The main objectives of the proposal are that all new buildings should be zero-emission buildings by 2030 and that existing buildings should be transformed into zero-emission buildings by 2050.
The agreement paves the way for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Once a political agreement is reached between the two institutions, the final text will be formally adopted by the Council and the Parliament.
The agreement was welcomed by COGEN Europe as a good starting point for higher ambition on buildings decarbonisation.
Furthermore, COGEN Europe welcomes some elements of the Council’s position, including its recognition of the role of efficient district heating and the need to deploy a broad range of renewable energy sources so that all buildings can meet the zero-emission buildings (ZEB) standard.
Hans Korteweg, managing director of COGEN Europe, commented: “The EPBD will be key to ensuring that the whole of Europe’s building stock can transition towards zero-emission buildings by 2050. High ambition in demand reduction must be complemented by measures to smartly and cost-effectively cover remaining demand with efficient, flexible and increasing renewable energy sources.”