Europe – The EU Parliament has adopted draft measures to reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption in the EU buildings sector. The revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aims to make the sector climate neutral by 2050. The renovation rate of energy-inefficient buildings is to be increased, and the exchange of information on energy performance is to be improved. Key measures include requiring all new buildings to be emissions-free by 2028, with a deadline of 2026 for public buildings. All new buildings must also be equipped with solar technology by 2028; residential buildings with increased renovation needs are deferred until 2032. Derogations apply to certain buildings. Member states can adjust the targets for a limited share of buildings based on economic and technical feasibility.
NEXT STEPS: The EU parliament members will now enter into negotiations with the Council to agree on the final shape of the bill.
Source: EU Parliament