Renovate Europe is a political communications campaign with the ambition to reduce the energy demand of the EU building stock by 80% by 2050 through legislation and ambitious renovation programmes. Accelerating the rate of renovation is a key tool in the fight against climate change, and will deliver major benefits for people, their quality of life, and the economy.
The Renovate Europe campaign has a clear call: to reduce the energy demand of the building stock in the EU by 80% by 2050, in order to reach nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) standard by mid-century.
Launched in 2011, Renovate Europe is an initiative of EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and enjoys the support of over 40 partners from industry, civil society and 15 National partners active at national level.
It is the only EU-wide campaign that focuses exclusively on ambitious renovation of the building stock in the EU and is the voice that ‘bangs the drum’ for energy efficient renovations, taking a technology neutral, integrated and holistic approach to energy efficient renovations.
Energy renovation of buildings is a significant tool in the fight against climate change and will play a key role in helping the EU meet its objectives under the Paris Agreement.
How to prioritise Energy Renovation in the Political Agenda?
- Ensure long-term commitment on ambitions and policies. Support and help to implement an actionable Long-Term Renovation Strategy (LTRS) at national/ regional/ local level.
- Improve access to financing.This could include tax incentives, low-interest loans, or removing regulatory barriers for example in rent regulation.
- Support capacity building. Facilitation, information, training and education are key contributors to successful energy renovation programs.
- Lead by example – start renovating public buildings. Not only will this reduce your energy bills and cut C02 emissions, but this will pave the way for achieving economies of scale and testing new business models.
What is the current legislative framework for buildings and energy renovation?
The Amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD 2018) is one of the most important changes that has occurred in the EU buildings sector in the last 15 years.
Every Member State is now required to submit a National Long-Term Renovation Strategy (LTRS) outlining how they will cost-effectively transform their building stock into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) by 2050, with milestones to 2030 and 2040. This LTRS must be submitted by 19 March 2020, annexed to the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).
The LTRS must list policies and actions targeting the worst performing building stock – and public buildings – and how they will tackle energy poverty. They should also reference trigger points in a building’s life and possibly use building renovation passports to stimulate timely, cost-effective energy renovations. Countries also have to demonstrate how they will mobilise investment to support energy renovation