The New Directive has a lot of potential to get this process underway and to support local energy transitions. CECODHAS Housing Europe is focusing on what it sees as three main catalysts which will be vital for our success:
1) achieving the optimal energy mix of efficiency, renewables and capture of waste heat BEFORE we invest in macro grids,
2) Citizen engagement and empowerment through ICT but much more besides
3) access to capital at the right rates and under conditions that mean transitions are not exclusive but all- inclusive.
Feedback from the ground shows that in most Member States while Green Targets are Going Up - Budgets for refurbishment are going down. Can the new energy efficiency directive help to address this glaring contradiction?