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Making Europe’s buildings highly energy efficient

Glass for Europe welcomes the European Commission’s repeated commitment to put energy efficiency at the heart of the EU energy and climate policy. However, the European flat glass sector, represented by Glass for Europe, regrets that ‘the Clean Energy for all Europeans package’ 1 proposed by the European Commission does not put forward regulatory measures commensurate with the stated ambition on energy efficiency.

Glass for Europe supports the proposal for a 2030 binding target for energy efficiency. However, the level of 30% of the proposed target illustrates the inertia on the energy efficiency agenda while the thermal renovation of Europe’s ageing building stock alone could deliver higher savings. Beyond the political headlines, Glass for Europe regrets that little is proposed to enable the massive transformation needed to make Europe’s buildings really energy efficient, starting with clearly defined objectives.

To Glass for Europe, improving the energy efficiency of European buildings is both desirable and achievable provided efforts are stepped up. The revisions of the Energy Performance of Building Directive2 (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive3 (EED) offer precisely that possibility.

Targeted measures in four essential areas are needed to address the well-known market and regulatory failures hampering thermal renovation of buildings.

Support building renovation to deliver clearly defined final energy savings objectives and thus move towards a decarbonised building stock which fully grasps the energy savings potential of buildings.

Prioritise measures on building envelopes to ensure long-term energy savings, improve building occupants’ comfort and health conditions and combat energy poverty.

Maximise energy savings from windows and glazed facades by respecting technological-neutrality in the energy performance assessment and by taking into account all energy-related aspects impacting the performance of buildings and building elements.

Ensure adequate enforcement of existing provisions through more harmonised guidance.

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