Greening our homes and public buildings is crucial to achieving the EU’s medium and long-term climate goals. For this reason, we welcome the revision of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). We call on the European Commission to ensure this review is based on the environmental impact figures for buildings provided in the Inception Impact Assessment (IIA), especially considering that the reality of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings is worse than expected.
A low percentage of deep and light renovations, not including embodied carbon emissions and not considering the Whole Lifecycle Carbon (WLC) of buildings, hinders the achievement of the zero-energy building stock in the EU. Furthermore, the objective to at least double the range of renovations within the Renovation Wave is not enough to achieve climate neutrality. The EPBD, as an essential part of the Renovation Wave initiative, should pave the way for a radical transformation of the building stock and not be just an incremental change.