Our statement on review of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

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11-02-2016

One of the main messages of our statement, finalised in January, is that while the EPBD has been successful in improving the energy performance of public and new buildings, it did not provide a sufficient framework for similar improvements in existing private buildings.

The European Commission’s February 2015 communication on the Energy Union called for a review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) by the end of 2016. In June, the Commission launched a public consultation on this subject, and EUROCITIES responded. Meanwhile, the Commission, EUROCITIES, the Committee of the Regions and CEMR conducted a joint pilot urban territorial impact assessment of the EPBD in November. Our position is in line with the conclusions/feedback received from our member cities.

One of the main messages of our statement, finalised in January, is that while the EPBD has been successful in improving the energy performance of public and new buildings, it did not provide a sufficient framework for similar improvements in existing private buildings.

Buildings with very low energy efficiency, social housing facilities and buildings of artistic value might benefit more from incentives than from mandatory standards.

The statement emphasises that more detailed guidance and rules would improve the quality of energy performance certificates, whose effectiveness now depends largely on how national administrations implement them.

Noting that national and EU funding have been vital to support local actions, EUROCITIES believes that work should continue on financing models that address existing buildings with several co-owners, as well as rented buildings and apartments.

The statement calls for further funding for knowledge-sharing on district heating, which could help spread efficient solutions across Europe and lower the cost of energy generation.

Please read our statement at the link provided. 

EUROCITIES staff contact

Matilde Chinellato
Matilde.Chinellato@eurocities.eu