Energy Efficiency Directive (DEE), Renewable Energy Directive (DER) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) are the main pieces of European legislation that have gained new guidelines today. Brussels presented the “Clean Energy for All Europe” package of measures that should guide the Old Continent’s strategy for energy over the next decade and a half.
In more than a thousand pages of legislative proposals, Brussels focuses on 2030, but without losing sight of 2050, and wants to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40%. To this end, it introduces a binding target of 30% energy efficiency, 27% for renewable energy and reinforces the importance of energy rehabilitation of the built-up park.
Proposals will now be discussed for the next few months and to be effective they will have to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, but the European Commission’s vision is already on the table, with three central objectives: to give priority to energy efficiency , To achieve world leadership in renewable energy and to establish a level playing field for consumers.
The buildings sector has been waiting for proposals for revising the EPBD. The changes known today come to simplify and optimize some of the constraints of the previous document that did not achieve the expected results initially and integrate long-term strategies for rehabilitation, supporting the mobilization of funding, creating a vision for the decarbonization of the park built in 2050 and addressing The scourge of energy poverty. But not only: in view of technological developments, Brussels wants the Directive governing building performance to encourage the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and intelligent technologies to ensure that buildings operate efficiently.