Author: Oliver Rapf
The European Commission’s Renovation Wave, unveiled earlier this month, is a breath of fresh air in a carbon-heavy sector.
It provides a comprehensive and inclusive set of actions aiming at accelerating renovation of our buildings and homes in the EU, tackling the associated challenges head on.
The strategy is the result of a broad consultation process which received contributions from several hundred organisations and official bodies with an interest in the buildings sector.
Its ambition is to ensure that the sector contributes its fair share to Europe’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets and to a green economic recovery.
However, this will only happen if words are turned into action.
The ball is now in the court of the member states: it is time governments roll up their sleeves and work with their respective building community (including, for example, the financial and construction sector) to launch multiple national and local renovation waves.
There is no more time for procrastination: we have many positive experiences to follow, often brought about by innovative leaders in cities and regions.
The ideas have been tested and proved effective, and now they will have to be scaled up. Buildings Performance Institute Europe’s recent analysis of national renovation strategies showed that there is significant room for improvement, a need for innovation, and crucially, immediate action.
So how do we make sure the Renovation Wave happens? I suggest taking these four steps:
Support citizens in their renovation decision: because they are looking for tailored recommendations on how to improve their homes and want to know how their own energy consumption compares to others’.
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