EU Endorses Zero-emissions Buildings

The European Council and Parliament have reached an agreement on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which will set ambitious energy performance requirements for new and renovated buildings across the bloc. “Buildings are responsible for over one third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU,” said Teresa Ribera, Vice-President of the Government of Spain and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. “Thanks to this agreement, we will be able to boost buildings’ energy performance, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty.” From 2030, all new buildings will need to be zero-emission, according to the updated rules, whereas all existing building stock must be renovated to be zero-emission by 2050. Further, member states will be tasked with reducing the average energy consumption of residential buildings by 16% by 2030 and by 20-22% by 2035. Fifty-five percent of this energy reduction will need to be achieved through the renovation of the worst performing buildings. The agreement reached on 7 December will now need to be endorsed and formally adopted by both the Council and Parliament before it is written into law.

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