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Glass for Europe Position Paper on the EPBD and EED revision proposed by the Commission

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Making Europe’s buildings highly energy efficient - Improvements needed to the EU Winter Package: EED and EPBD



In March 2017, BUILD UP Partner Glass for Europe released a position paper and a relevant infographic presenting their position on the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans, released by the Commission in November 2016, and more specifically on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)



In the position paper, Glass for Europe welcomes the Commission’s repeated commitment to put energy efficiency at the heart of the EU energy and climate policy. However, the European flat glass sector, represented by Glass for Europe, regrets that the Clean Energy for all Europeans package does not put forward regulatory measures commensurate with the stated ambition on energy efficiency.


Glass for Europe supports the proposal for a 2030 binding target for energy efficiency. However, the level of 30% of the proposed target illustrates the inertia on the energy efficiency agenda while the thermal renovation of Europe’s ageing building stock alone could deliver higher savings. Beyond the political headlines, Glass for Europe regrets that little is proposed to enable the massive transformation needed to make Europe’s buildings really energy efficient, starting with clearly defined objectives.


To Glass for Europe, improving the energy efficiency of European buildings is both desirable and achievable provided efforts are stepped up. The revisions of the EPBD and EED offer precisely that possibility.


Targeted measures in four essential areas are needed to address the well-known market and regulatory failures hampering thermal renovation of buildings.


  1. Support building renovation to deliver clearly defined final energy savings objectives and thus move towards a decarbonised building stock which fully grasps the energy savings potential of buildings.
  2. Prioritise measures on building envelopes to ensure long-term energy savings, improve building occupants’ comfort and health conditions and combat energy poverty.
  3. Maximise energy savings from windows and glazed facades by respecting technological-neutrality in the energy performance assessment and by taking into account all energy-related aspects impacting the performance of buildings and building elements.
  4. Ensure adequate enforcement of existing provisions through more harmonised guidance.


About Glass for Europe


Glass for Europe is the trade association for Europe’s flat glass sector. Flat glass is the material that goes into a variety of end products, primarily in windows and facades for buildings, windscreens and windows for automotive and transport as well as solar energy equipment, furniture and appliances. Glass for Europe brings together multinational firms and thousands of SMEs across Europe, to represent the entire building glass value-chain. It is composed of flat glass manufacturers, AGC Glass Europe, Guardian, NSG-Group, Saint-Gobain Glass and Siseçam-Trakya Cam, and works in association with national partners gathering thousands of building glass processors and transformers all over Europe.



To read the full position paper, visit the relevant Glass for Europe webpage.


See also the relevant BUILD UP Publication.