All EU countries must establish a long-term renovation strategy to support the renovation of their national building stock into a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.
The requirement for EU countries to adopt a long-term renovation strategy is set out in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU), which was revised in 2018 (2018/844/EU). These strategies will form part of EU countries’ integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs).
The long-term renovation strategies must include
- an overview of the national building stock
- policies and actions to stimulate cost-effective deep renovation of buildings
- policies and actions to target the worst performing buildings, split-incentive dilemmas, market failures, energy poverty and public buildings
- an overview of national initiatives to promote smart technologies and skills and education in the construction and energy efficiency sectors
The strategies must also include a roadmap with
- measures and measurable progress indicators
- indicative milestones for 2030, 2040 and 2050
- an estimate of the expected energy savings and wider benefits and the contribution of the renovation of buildings to the Union's energy efficiency target
Long-term renovation strategies must also be underpinned by a solid financial component (effective use of public funding, aggregation, de-risking).
National long-term renovation strategies 2020
The national long-term renovation strategies are an important input to the 'renovation wave’ initiative announced as part of the European Green Deal, aiming to take further action and create the necessary conditions to scale up renovations and reap out the significant saving potential of the building sector.
National long-term renovation strategies 2014 and 2017
In 2014 and 2017, EU countries submitted strategies to show how they plan to foster investment in the renovation of residential and commercial buildings. These strategies were an obligation under the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).