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Glass for Europe Position Paper: Making Europe’s buildings highly energy efficient

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In March 2017, Glass for Europe released a position paper welcoming the European Commission’s repeated commitment to put energy efficiency at the heart of the EU energy and climate policy. 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 Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) offer precisely that possibility.


However, as the position paper states, the European flat glass sector, represented by Glass for Europe, regrets that ‘the Clean Energy for all Europeans package’, presented by the European Commission in November 2016, does not put forward regulatory measures commensurate with the stated ambition on energy efficiency.


In this postion paper, Glass for Europe proposes targeted measures in four essential areas in order 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.


To download the position paper, please visit the relevant Glass for Europe webpage at the link below.


See also the relevant BUILD UP Note.

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