Energy efficient materials manufacturers and service providers call for a 2030 energy savings target for buildings.
In a joint letter sent to the College of Commissioners, EuroACE, Eurima, Glass for Europe, PU Europe and Renovate Europe have called on the European Commission (EC) to design a sectoral target for buildings as a complement to overall energy efficiency ambitions.
This joint call comes at what is seen as a critical time for the European Union’s (EU) energy efficiency policy, with energy security concerns being high on the policy agenda and while the Commission reflects on the the energy efficiency policy for 2030.
According to all research, the renovation of buildings offers the highest cost effective energy savings’ potential. “A real transformation has to happen in the sector to deliver savings and comfort to all EU citizens,” stated Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe.
Tapping into the potential of buildings required an ‘ambitious policy objective and robust policy instruments’, according to the joint letter. A sectoral energy efficiency target would not only set a level of ambition, it would also provide the ‘much needed’ long term visibility and regulatory certainty for the construction industry to organise itself and deliver on the promise.
For these reasons, the five major representative organisations of the building sector, had come together to highlight the need for a specific building target. “To ignite the building renovation market, a clear and unambiguous political signal should be sent to the building sector and its stakeholders,” explained Jan te Bos, Eurima. “This signal should be expressed in the form of a sectoral target that will ensure industry, professionals, owners and financing institutions of the EU’s commitment towards cutting energy consumption in the building sector.
The five organisations believe that a breakthrough has to be stimulated at EU level to deliver ‘massive investments’ and savings in the sector.
“Hammering out in official communications and speeches that buildings have a high potential for energy savings, without taking concrete action to enable the sector to contribute fully to the EU goals, would be terribly misguiding”, explained Bertrand Cazes, Glass for Europe. “A sectoral target for buildings is the only way forward to stimulate the necessary level of focus for renovation in the decades to come.”
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