Energy efficiency in buildings: ambitious report adopted today is an important step forward - Morten Helveg Petersen
MEPs on the European Parliament’s Industry, Energy and Research Committee have today adopted, by 51 votes to 11, their position on legislative proposals tabled, by the European Commission, seeking to improve the energy performance of buildings, known as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
50 % of the European Union's final energy demand is used for heating and cooling, of which 80 % is used from buildings. The report adopted today sets out the preliminary position of the European Parliament, ahead of negotiations with EU Governments. It calls for reinforced long-term planning and actions by Member States and for fewer administrative burdens linked to renovations.
Commenting after the vote this morning, the ALDE shadow draftsperson Morten Helveg Petersen MEP said;
This ambitious legislation is crucial if we are to meet our Paris commitments. If Europe is to reduce its CO2 emissions, our building stock is a huge factor with great potential for improved energy efficiency. Astonishingly, building stock is still responsible for about 36 % of all CO2 emissions in the Union. ”
“Our report today strikes a sound balance between setting ambitious targets, while giving Member States the sufficient flexibility to make real progress on this issue. By voting for the EPBD, we are taking a comprehensive approach, which considers both energy efficiency and the inclusion of renewables.”
“Long-term building renovation also has huge potential to boost growth and competitiveness through the creation of jobs and reduced energy bills for businesses and citizens across the EU.”
"Investments in building renovation require better financing opportunities. This is why in ALDE we have focused on this aspect in particular throughout the negotiations – and I am very satisfied with the result”