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The reviewed EPBD: upcoming new targets for energy efficiency in buildings

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The European Parliament has just approved the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that will be published in the official journal of the union in the next week.

With the new EPBD the Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In doing so, the Commission is guided by three main goals:

  1. putting energy efficiency first
  2. achieving global leadership in renewable energies
  3. providing a fair deal for consumers.

Up to now, the press release of the European Commission lists the main achievements of the new EPBD: 

  • Creates a clear path towards a low and zero-emission building stock in the EU by 2050 underpinned by national roadmaps to decarbonise buildings.
  • Encourages the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently for example by introducing automation and control systems.
  • Supports the rollout of the infrastructure for e-mobility in all buildings (although to a lesser extent than in the Commission's proposal).
  • Introduces a "smart readiness indicator" which will measure the buildings' capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to adapt to the needs of the consumer, optimise its operation and interact with the grid.
  • Integrates and substantially strengthens long-term building renovation strategies.
  • Mobilises public and private financing and investment.
  • Helps combatting energy poverty and reducing the household energy bill by renovating older buildings.