EPBD report adopted, still a long way to go

After long and intense negotiations, the members of the ITRE committee approved today the EPBD report by Ciarán Cuffe (Greens/EFA, IE).

PU Europe, together with other like-minded associations, such as the Coalition for Energy Savings, the WorldGBC, EuroACE and BPIE, believes that the ambition level of this report is not adequate enough to face the EU incoming renovation challenges.

The report introduces a derogation that would leave almost one fourth of the most inefficient residential buildings unrenovated until January 2037, putting the reduction of energy poverty at risk.

On a more positive note, the report strengthens certain provisions of the Commission’s proposal:

  • bringing forward the date by which new buildings must comply with the new Zero-Emission Building standard,
  • respect of the energy efficiency first principle within the National Building Renovation Plans,
  • slightly more ambitious provision on Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

The plenary vote on the EPBD recast is scheduled for the Strasbourg session of the third week of March (13th to 16th).

Find out the positions on the EPBD report from some associations PU Europe is part of, and other Brussels associations down below:

The Coalition for Energy Savings