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Buildings in the Clean Energy Package – a BPIE guide

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On the 30th of November 2016, the European Commission released important pieces of the European energy legislation, gathered in the previously-called Winter Package, now renamed Clean Energy for All Europeans, placing consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy strategy.

 

The massive package will shape the European Union’s climate and energy legislation beyond 2020; below you will find summaries and direct links to each piece. BPIE published a guide through the documents, highlighting the files which are relevant from a building's perspective, that will be followed in the near future by a more detailed analysis.

 

The package includes sets of legislative measures and several communications. The proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive includes:

  • The requirement for Member States to establish long-term national renovation strategies with clear milestones for 2030 (previously under the Energy Efficiency Directive)
  • The introduction of a smartness indicator rating the readiness of a building to adapt to the needs of the occupant and the grid and to improve its performance
  • Requirements for electro-mobility infrastructure
  • Requirements for building automation and energy monitoring systems as an alternative to inspections
  • A Staff Working Document showing best practices of improved energy performance in buildings

The proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive includes:

  • A binding 30% energy efficiency target for 2030
  • The extension of annual energy savings obligations for Member States beyond 2020
  • Access for consumers to consumption information
  • Criteria to be used to establish which energy savings can be counted by Member States for Article 7

The package outlines a communication on accelerating clean energy in buildings, addressing skills in the construction sector and including smart financing for smart buildings which sets out the European Commission’s intentions to:

  • Ensure more efficient use of public funding, through developing financing models, platforms and templates
  • Support aggregation and provide assistance for project development
  • Improve understanding of the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments, through launching the EEFIG DEEP platform (see "Focus on" below)

The Eco-design working plan 2016-2019 sets out the European Commission’s priorities, including reviews of existing measures and studies for new measures for other products (including Building Automation and Control Systems).

The package also includes proposals related to the electricity market and consumers, containing provisions that contribute to the deployment of smart buildings. These are the proposals for revised Electricity Directive, Electricity Regulation and ACER Regulation, and a new Risk Preparedness Regulation, which comprise:

  • Provisions to engage consumers to take an active role in the energy transition
  • Provisions to reward flexibility for generation, demand-response and storage
  • Provisions for the protection of vulnerable customers from increased prices

The proposals for a Governance of the Energy Union Regulation comprise requirements for Member States' Integrated National Energy and Climate plans for 2021 to 2030, including planning and reporting on measures under the EED and EPBD (including national renovation strategies).

What is named in the proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive is:

  • The renewable energy target for 2030
  • Obligations for renewable energy use in heating and cooling

The communication on accelerating clean energy innovation highlights the need for:

  • More energy storage solutions
  • Faster adoption of existing energy efficiency technologies in building
  • Smart buildings and the empowerment of consumers

Before the launch of a more detailed analysis by BPIE, there are ways to follow the discussion on Twitter with the following hashtags: #CleanEnergyEU, #EEFIG, #WinterPackage, #Tw4SE and by checking @BPIE_eu.